Friday, February 15, 2008

Apocryphote of the Day: 2-15-08

"Listen, O soul, to my advice.
Do not become a den for foxes and snakes,
nor a hole for serpents and asps,
nor a lair for lions,
nor a shelter for vipers.
When these things happen to you,
O soul, what will you do?
For these are the Powers of the Adversary.
You were a temple.
You made yourself a tomb.
Stop being a tomb, and become a temple again,
so that uprightness and divinity may remain in you.
Light the light within you.
Do not put it out."

Teaching of Silvanus 105.28-106.3, 10-15 (an Alexandrian Christian writing)


Daldianus said...

These apocryphotes are really beautiful. A great idea to post them :)

Memra said...

Yes, that one's a "keeper." Is there any way you could post here or send me a scan of the Coptic text?

Eric Sowell said...

I agree with the last comment. If you have the original text, it would be awesome if you posted it.

April DeConick said...

Thanks for your enthusiasm!

The original text is easily found in the Nag Hammadi library critical editions. It is against copyright for me to scan in the Coptic facsimile which can be found published in the Nag Hammadi Codices facsimile volumes.