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Pistis Sophia

Gnostic writing in Sahidic. Probably a fourth- or fifth-century translation of a Greek original, a product of late Egyptian Gnosticism.* It has been variously ascribed to the Valentinians, the Ophites, and the Barbelo- Gnostics. It purports to be a revelation of esoteric mysteries made known by the risen Christ to the inner circle of disciples, showing how they may attain to the Light-world and escape the present mixed world which is doomed to destruction. The title is derived from the name of the heroine, “[[Pistis Sophia]],” a personification of Philosophy, who is delivered from Authadems (= “self-will” or “arrogance”) by Jesus during His ascension through the spheres and in conflict with the aeons. She is led from Chaos by a Power of Light sent by Jesus. Other unconnected sections are appended, including a Gnostic survey of hierarchies, aeons, and spheres, dialogues between Jesus and the disciples (especially with Mary), and discourses reflecting Gnostic sacramentalism. The work is