The Gnostic Mysteries of the Pistis Sophia
Jan van Rijckenborgh
Even after the discovery and publication of the Nag Hammadi Library, the Pistis Sophia Gospel remains the most important Gnostic writing among those that have come down to us. This gospel, whose main characters are Christ and the Pistis Sophia, reveals the esoteric teachings of Jesus to his disciples, such as the fall of the human being into the world of matter and how they can return to the divine world with the help of Sophia, the divine wisdom, giving the reader a completely new view of the four canonical gospels and the book of Psalms. This book covers the first of the six books of the Gospel of the Pistis Sophia, attributed to the gnostic Valentinus (150 AD approx.) and discovered in the eighteenth century (British Museum, Codex Askewianus). The Pistis Sophia, as a believing soul (Pistis), has reached the borders of her earthly possibilities, desiring to experience the mystery behind these. Strengthened by the power of wisdom (Sophia) she overcomes all the barriers, raised by the earthly world, while crossing this border.