114) Simon Peter said to Him, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy
Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she
too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who
will make herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven."
I recently came across an interesting correlation to this:
Philo, Special Laws 3.178:
There are two kinds of souls, just as there are two genders among humans.
The one is a male soul, belonging to men; the other a female soul, as found
in women. The male soul devotes itself to God alone, as the father and
creator of the universe and the cause of all things that exist. But the
female soul depends upon all the things which are created, those things
liable to destruction. And it puts forth, as it were, the hand of its power
so that in a blind way it may lay hold of whatever it comes across, clinging
to a generation which has an innumerable quantity of changes and variations,
when it ought to cling to the unchangeable, honorable, and esteemed divine
nature. trans. Kenneth C.Hanson
The extract from Philo (which I haven't read in context) seems to be a
perfect explanation of male & female in GoT #114 (but doesn't do so well
with relation to #22.) I know that #114 is thought to be a late addition to
GoT. Can anyone fill me in as to whether there is any other supporting
evidence of this notion of male & female?