The Fall of Sophia

A Gnostic Text on the Redemption of Universal Consciousness

Edited by Violet MacDermot

Introduction by Stephen A. Hoeller

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A fresh translation of the Pistis Sophia from the Coptic and a discussion of its historical setting.

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A fresh translation of the Pistis Sophia from the Coptic and a discussion of its historical setting.


Sophia is one of the great symbols of the divine feminine in world civilization and the personification of divine Wisdom. In Gnosticism, the secret teaching of ancient Christianity, she represents the consciousness that all of us share, but which became trapped in the material world as a result of the Fall.


One of the most sublime Gnostic texts is the Pistis Sophia or Faith Wisdom, a great allegory in which the resurrected Christ tells how he freed the divine Sophia from her imprisonment to powers of spiritual wickedness. In this profound yet accessible work, Violet MacDermot provides a fresh translation of the Pistis Sophia from the Coptic and discusses it in its historical setting.


She also shows how the story of Sophia is one in which we too can share in spiritual liberation. Her engaging discussion relates this work not only to ancient teachings, but to the thought of C G Jung, Emanuel Swedenborg and the Kabbala.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Lindisfarne Books
Publication Date 1 Aug 2002
ISBN 9781584200000
Number of Pages 224

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'The historical overview is selective but carefully balanced and inspiring, a fine introduction to the passage of the subject and its key proponents through history. To students of gnosticism it provides a honed synopsis of the subject as well as the translation of important source material. To the un-initiated, it is also a fine introduction and could inspire further exploration of the subject.'


-- Oliver Perceval, Light

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