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The Sophia of Jesus Christ
Translated by Douglas M. Parrott
The Sophia (Wisdom) of Jesus Christ.After he rose from the dead, his twelve disciples andseven women continued to be his followers, andwent to Galilee onto the mountain called "Divinationand Joy". When they gathered together and wereperplexed about the underlying reality of theuniverse and the plan, and the holy providence, andthe power of the authorities, and about everythingthe Savior is doing with them in the secret of the holyplan, the Savior appeared - not in his previous form,but in the invisible spirit. And his likeness resemblesa great angel of light. But his resemblance I must notdescribe. No mortal flesh could endure it, but onlypure, perfect flesh, like that which he taught us abouton the mountain called "Of the Olives" in Galilee.And he said: "Peace be to you, My peace I give you!"And they all marveled and were afraid. The Saviorlaughed and said to them: "What are you thinkingabout? Are you perplexed? What are you searchingfor?"Philip said: "For the underlying reality of the universeand the plan."The Savior said to them: "I want you to know that allmen are born on earth from the foundation of theworld until now, being dust, while they have inquiredabout God, who he is and what he is like, have notfound him. Now the wisest among them havespeculated from the ordering of the world and (its)
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