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8130Re: [Gnosticism2] Mary Magdalene

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  • Thomas Leavitt
    Aug 14, 2003
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      From: <gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com>
      To: <gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2003 1:54 AM
      Subject: [Gnosticism2] Digest Number 387

      > Message: 1
      > Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 00:54:44 -0000
      > From: lady_caritas
      > Subject: Mary Magdalene
      > A friend forwarded the following recent article about Mary Magdalene
      > that might be interesting to some of you. Gnostics are mentioned on
      > pages 2 and 3 of the article. ;-)
      > http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1101030811-472868-
      > 1,00.html
      > Cari

      Here's a letter I wrote to them in response:


      The author (and many others) mis-interpret the reference to Jesus giving
      Mary Magdalene "kiss on the mouth" in the Gospel of Phillip. This is
      standard Gnostic symbology for esoteric knowledge passed down from initiate
      to initiate - Elaine Pagels discusses this in her book "The Gnostic Gospels"
      as do other specialists who've studied Gnostic works. Elsewhere in The
      Gospel of Phillip, in support of this interpretation, we hear: "For it is by
      a kiss that the perfect conceive and give birth. For this reason, we also
      kiss one another. We receive conception from the grace which is in each
      other (GP 59:2-7)."

      For more information on Gnosticism and the Gnostic view of Mary, your
      readers can visit The Gnosis Archive, online since 1993, at

      Thomas Leavitt
      Founder, Gnosis Archive
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