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The Gospel of Philip: Annotated & Explained

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This ancient Gnostic text can be a companion for your own spiritual quest.

The Gospel of Philip is one of the most exciting and accessible of the Gnostic texts found at Nag Hammadi in Egypt in 1945. The source of Dan Brown's intriguing speculations about Mary Magdalene in his best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, the Gospel of Philip draws on ancient imagery the natural wor
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Skylight Paths Publishing
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Derek Davis
Apr 13, 2013 Derek Davis rated it liked it
Where do some of these commentators on Gnostic writing come from? Smith seems to be a Welshman who just got interested in this stuff, and that should be good enough, folks. It is and it isn't.

Smith does a good job of putting the "gospel" in context and of pointing out the it is more anthology than coherent story. But....

The facing pages of annotation and original (translated) text of one of the major Nag Hammadi documents suggest space padding to get the book up to salable size. It might be wort
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Banbury
May 03, 2016 Banbury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gospel of Philip is not an integrated narrative in itself, but rather an anthology culled from various (and usually unknown) sources. Sometimes the metaphors are mixed and thus make understanding of the deeper meanings difficult. The annotations are adequate so long as the reader has some background in Gnostic themes and history. Having read a few Gnostic texts now, it appears to me that there must have been some satisfying substance to the associated ritual as the metaphors and allegories o ...more
Steve Congdon
May 03, 2015 Steve Congdon rated it it was ok
The Gospel of Phillip is part of the 1947 find in Egypt called The Naghammadi Library which I've already read. I forgot this was part of that collection. It's apocryphal in nature but it's more alluring texts refer to the "mirrored Bridal Chamber" which has particular significance to LDS temple worship.
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