Gospel of Mary, as the text is named in the manuscript, though it is made clear “Mary” is the person we call Mary of Magdala (Mary Magdalene), is a well preserved codex discovered in the late 19th century near Akhmim, in upper Egypt. It was purchased in 1896 by German scholar Dr. Carl Reinhardt, who took it to Berlin.
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Translation and commentary in English
By George W. Macrae and R. McL. Wilson
Edited by Douglas M. Parrott
Estimated date of writing: 30 – 180 CE
Large image: Ascension of Mary Magdalene, c. 1430 / National Museum in Warsaw
Peter said to Mary, “Sister we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of woman.”
Gospel of Mary
The Lord loved Mariam more than all the other Disciples, and he kissed her often on her mouth.
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Diagram: Genesis 1 Creation Model
When based on the ancient texts, this drawing resembles the image of a womb. In the Genesis 1 creation model, the mothering spirit of God bears the “child.” Similar to an unborn infant, a layer of fresh water surrounds creation. Entering via rainwater and springs, the Holy Spirit (Hebrew: Rúakh HaKodesh, feminine gender) nourishes the world. Most telling, though, is that creation exists in both darkness and light.
Drawing by Andrew Michael
My journey to Mother began one spring afternoon when I asked my soul if we could travel. Could she could take me somewhere? Daylight filled the room as I lay on the bed, eyes shut. It was unusually dark behind my eyelids. Black, in fact. And it got even blacker. I wasn’t scared, but excited. I’d witnessed this phenomenon several times prior to this particular afternoon, while in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
A sudden, subtle lurch. We were moving.
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