Gospel of Mary

The Gospel of Mary, or the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene is a document dated between 120-180 AD. Not included in the Bible, the text includes gnostic ideas - teachings declared as heresy by early Christians such as Irenaeus.

The Gospel of Mary was part of the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library in 1945. The text was originally written in Greek of which two fragments from the third century have survived. A more full, yet incomplete Coptic text from the fifth century exists, but no one has yet found an entire manuscript.

"The Gospel of Mary exalts Mary Magdalene over the male disciples of Jesus."^[1]^

Quotes

  • "All natures, all formed things, all creatures exist in and with one another and will again be resolved into their own roots, because the nature of matter is dissolved into the roots of its nature alone."
  • "When the soul had overcome the third power, it went upwards and saw the fourth power, (which) took seven forms. The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the excitement of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is the wrathful wisdom. These are the seven {powers} of wrath."

References

  1. ? http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/gospelmary.html