The Gospel of Philip, Part 1

This forbidden book of the Christian bible is interesting. It gets into converts, words & names, & the rulers & the Holy Spirit. This among other things. It’s a great read. I throughly enjoyed this read. It’s almost like reading a condensed version of the New Testament. Plus some Gnostic themes. I hope you enjoy the read.

The Gospel of Philip

(This translation of portions of the Gospel of Philip is based on the Coptic text in Nag Hammadi Codex II, 2-7.)

Converts

A Hebrew (a Hebrew nowadays is someone who isn’t born into the Jewish faith. At least, that I’m aware of. If I’m wrong, let me know in the comments.) makes a Hebrew, & such a person doesn’t make a convert. Some people are as they are & make others like them, while others simply are.

Inheriting the Living & the Dead

A slave seeks only to be free & doesn’t seek the master’s estate. For a child it’s not enough to be a child, but a child claims the father’s inheritance. Heirs to the dead are dead, & what they inherit is dead. Heirs to the living are alive, & they inherit both the living & the dead. The dead inherit nothing, for how could a dead person inherit? If a dead person inherits the living, the living will not die & the dead will come to life. (This sounds like some zombie stuff.) (Or “the dead will not die & will live all the more.” See the Gospel of Thomas II.)

Jesus, Gentiles, Christians

A Gentile doesn’t die, never having been alive so as to die. One who has believed in truth is alive, but this person is at risk of dying just by being alive. Since Christ came, the world has been created, cities have been beautified, & the dead have been buried. When we were Hebrews we were orphans, with only a mother, but when we became Christians we had a father & a mother.

It’s not clear who is talking in the text. It says the Gospel of Philip, but unlike the others, it doesn’t outright say who is speaking in the text. I’ve read through this gospel like 5-6x & I couldn’t even begin to guess who’s talking in the text.

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