Laws in the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene

All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots. For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone. – Gospel of Mary 4:22-23

There is no sin (of the world), but we make sin when we do the things that are like the nature of adultery, which is called sin. That is why the Good came into our midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root. – Gospel of Mary 4:26-27

We become sick and die when we are deprived of the one who can heal us. – Gospel of Mary 4:28

Do not lay down any rules beyond what Christ appointed, and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it. – Gospel of Mary 4:38

Where the mind is there is the treasure. – Gospel of Mary 5:9

We do not see through the soul nor through the spirit, but the mind that is between the two. – Gospel of Mary 5:11

The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene, was translated from the Coptic text Berolinensis Gnosticus 8052, 1. The Nag Hammadi Codices, a set of fifty-two religious and philosophical texts, are so named because a peasant found them near Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Unfortunately, his family burned an unknown number of them as fuel before discovering they were valuable. They languished in the Coptic Museum at Cairo for years until a scholar came searching. See the full history at:

The Gospel of Mary, more descriptively titled the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene, was translated from a fifth-century Coptic text (Berolinensis Gnosticus 8052, 1). While the date of the composition itself is unknown, the manuscript is dated 120 to 180 A.D. We have used the MacRae-Wilson translation for this list.


MacRae, Gordon W., and R. McL. Wilson, Trans. Parrott, Douglas M. Ed. "The Gospel of Mary" The Nag Hammadi Library. Ed. James M. Robinson. San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1981. 471-474.

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