The soul answered, ‘I saw
You did not see me nor did you know me. You (mis)took the garment (I wore) for my (true)
And you did not recognize me.’
After it had said these things, it left rejoicing greatly.
Again, it came to the third Power, which is called ‘Ignorance.’
[It] examined die soul closely, saying, ‘Where are you going?
You are bound by wickedness. Indeed you are bound!
Do not judge!’
And the soul said, ‘Why do you judge me, since I have not passed judgement?
I have been bound, but I have not bound (anything).
They did not recognize me, but I have recognized that the universe is to be dissolved, both the things of earth and those of heaven.’When the soul had brought the third Power to naught, it went upward and saw the fourth Power. It had seven forms.
The first form is darkness;
the second is desire;
the third is ignorance;
the fourth is zeal for death;
the fifth is the realm of the flesh;
the sixth is the foolish wisdom of the flesh;
the seventh is the wisdom of the wrathful person.
These are the seven Powers of Wrath.
They interrogated the soul, ‘Where are you coming from,human-killer, and where are you going, space-conqueror?’
The soul replied, saying, ‘What binds me has been slain, and what surrounds me has been destroyed, and my desire has been brought to an end, and ignorance has died.
In a [wor]ld, I was setloose from a world [an]d in a type,from a type which is above, and(from) the chain of forgetfulness which exists in time.
From this hour on, for the time of the dueseason of the aeon, I will receiverest i[n] silence.’
The disciples’ dispute over Mary’s teaching
Andrew responded,addressing the brothers and sisters,“Say what you will about the things she has said,
but I do not believe that the S[a]vior said these things, ft or] indeed these teachings are strange ideas.”
Peter responded, bringing up similar concerns. He questioned them about the Savior: “Did he,then, speak with a woman in private without our knowing about it?
Are we to turn around and listen to her? Did he choose her over
Then [M]ary wept and said to Peter, “My brother Peter, what are you imagining?
Do you think that I have thought up these things by myself in my heart or that I am telling lies about the Savior?”
Levi answered, speaking to Peter, “Peter, you have always been a wrathful person. Now I see you contending against the woman like the Adversaries. ‘For if the Savior made her worthy, who are you then for your part to reject her?‘”Assuredly the Savior’s knowledge of her is completely reliable. That is why he loved her more than us.“”Rather we should be
ashamed. We should clothe ourselves with the perfect Human,acquire it for ourselves as he comcommanded us, ‘ and announce the good news,
not laying down any other rule or law that differs from what the Savior said.”
After [he had said these]things, they started going out [to]teach and to preach.
[The Gos]pel according to Mary