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8131Re: Mary Magdalene

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  • lady_caritas
    Aug 14, 2003
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      --- In gnosticism2@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas Leavitt" <thomas@t...>
      wrote:
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > 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:
      >
      > Editors,
      >
      > 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
      > http://www.gnosis.org/.
      >
      > Regards,
      > Thomas Leavitt
      > Founder, Gnosis Archive



      Thanks for sharing your letter, Thomas. Now let's see if they print
      your response in a future issue. I certainly hope so! Sometimes
      trying to convey an alternate metaphorical interpretation is an
      uphill battle in our more literalist Western setting.


      Cari
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