Oxymoronic Verse from The Gospel of Philip

55 “Before Christ came there was no bread in the world, just as Paradise, the place where Adam was, had many trees to nourish the animals but no wheat to maintain man. Man used to feed like the animals, but when Christ came, the perfect man, he brought bread from heaven in order that man might be nourished with the food of man. The Rulers thought that it was by their own power and will that they were doing what they did, but the Holy Spirit in secret was accomplishing everything through them as it wished. Truth, which existed since the beginning, is sown everywhere. And many see it sown, but few are they who see it being reaped.” “Some said, ‘Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit.’” They are in error. They do not know what they are saying. When did a woman ever conceive by a woman? Mary is the virgin whom no Power defiled. She is a great anathema to the Hebrews, who are the apostles and [the] apostolic men. This virgin whom no power defiled [watched] the Powers defile themselves. And Christ [would] not have said ‘My [Father who is in] heaven’ unless [he] had had another Father, but he would have said simply ‘[My Father.]’”

  • [Note that Mary only was conceived by the Holy Spirit in GosMatt and GosLuke. This non-detail was not included in GosMarkGosJohn, or any of the other [Sethian] Nag Hammadi treatises. Again, GosMatt and GosLuke are not part of the Core works of The Protennoia Johannine Secessionist Canon. The only reason GosMatt and GosLuke have Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit is to tie the story back to the Old Testament. It is because of Justin Martyr that Matthew’s and Luke’s prevailing notion is that the histories need to be intertwined.]