Dinner discussions are an informal time to meet and get to know each other, to discuss what we’re reading, ask questions, and share ideas and experiences.
This month we continue our discussion of the Secret Book of John.
Last time, we discussed the frame narrative (the dialogue between John and the Saviour) and the Hymn of the Monad.
This time, we’ll continue through the text to look at the emergence of Barbelo – and foreshadow some of her role from a Temple perspective – and the emanation of the Aeons.
This is about where we were hoping to get to last time, so just follow last time’s instructions about how far to read.
As I said last time, this section is long and confusing and you shouldn’t expect it to make sense the first time you read it. It may help to read over it once without getting bogged down, read the notes and then try the text again.
The notes for this month are here (same notes as last time).
If you don’t have a copy of the text already, I’d recommend the Waldstein & Wisse translation which is available at the Gnostic Society Library. Their translations of the short version and the long version are both available there.
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The image is “Sophia” by Alex Grey.