The Bible and the Pistis Sophia

Pistis Sophia is an important Gnostic text discovered in 1773, possibly written between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The remaining manuscript, which scholars place in the late 4th century relates the Gnostic teachings of the transfigured Jesus to the assembled disciples (including his mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, and Martha), when the risen Christ had accomplished eleven years speaking with his disciples. In it, the complex structures and hierarchies of heaven familiar in Gnostic teachings are revealed.

The text proclaims that Jesus remained on earth after the resurrection for 11 years, and was able in this time to teach his disciples up to the first (i. e. beginner) level of the mystery. It starts with an allegory paralleling the death and resurrection of Jesus, and describing the descent and ascent of the soul. It then proceeds to describe important figures within the Gnostic cosmology, and then finally lists 32 carnal desires to overcome before salvation is possible.

The female divinity of Gnosticism is Sophia, a being with many aspects and names. She is sometimes identified with the Holy Spirit itself but, according to her various capacities, is also the Universal Mother, the Mother of the Living or Resplendent Mother, the Power on High, She-of-the-left-hand (as opposed to Christ, understood as her husband and he of the Right Hand), as the Luxurious One, the Womb, the Virgin, the Wife of the Male, the Revealer of Perfect Mysteries, the Holy Dove of the Spirit, the Heavenly Mother, the Wandering One, or Elena (that is, Selene, the Moon). She was envisaged as the Psyche of the world and the female aspect of Logos.  [ — Wikipedia ]


Jacob & Esau – My Birthright for some Red Lentil Porridge

by Keith M. Hunter

Without doubt many stories within the Bible appear on their surface to be quite bizarre if interpreted literally. The truth seems only to be had from first recognising their allegorical nature, followed by a decisive decoding of the story.

Now this is not to say that all such stories within the Bible are totally disconnected from ‘real history’ or events. However, important concepts pertaining to morality or law – even universal law – can be conveyed by fashioning a story and ‘transplanting it’ onto either a specific person or group of people. Consider the Bible story of the two sons of Isaac: Jacob and Esau. Born as twins with Esau being the first born, upon entering young adulthood, a very strange event led to Jacob ‘purchasing’ the birthright of his older brother:

Genesis 25: 24 – 34 

And when her [Rebekah – Isaac’s Wife] days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. 

And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. 

And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

On the face of it, this is indeed quite a strange story. Consider the critical elements. Firstly, that Esau was born red, and secondly, that he sells his birthright for some red lentile stew. The very word Edom = red. And indeed Esau did go on to establish the Edomite nation. But what does one make of the story?

It does not appear to make that much sense if it is taken literally or in a ‘common sense’ way. That is to say, one is not just talking about somebody being exhausted from working in the field and wanting something to eat. Indeed, nobody would sell their birthright as first born for a common pot of stew unless it was absolutely necessary. But then again, this is what seems to be implied, for Esau says “I am at the point to die:” so why would I care for my birthright.

This suggests that he feels almost blackmailed into the deal. The Red Lentile Pottage almost takes on the character of a medicine that Esau must take or he will die, in which case his birthright would certainly be of no use to him.

Now one may note that in the Talmudic tradition it is thought that the whole episode of the sale of Esau’s birthright occurred immediately after the death of Abraham. At such time both Jacob and Esau were both held to be 15 years old. In this tradition it is suggested that Jacob was originally preparing the Red Pottage for his father Isaac, as indeed lentiles are the mourners meal for Jews.

This solution does seem somewhat doubtful though, as in recalling Esau’s birth, he is described as being born red, and thus the specific description of a Red Pottage implies that the stew was made specifically for Esau, and not Isaac.

The Special Nature of the Red Pottage

There is the strong hint in the story that there is something very special about the stew. It is no ordinary food. But just what is it? Quite remarkably a solution does appear to present itself when one considers a very important Gnostic manuscript commonly referred to as the Pistis Sophia.

The title Pistis-Sophia = Faith-Wisdom. It is a Coptic manuscript that surfaced in the late 18th century, being purchased from a London book seller by one Dr. A. Askew. Further to this it was then sold to the British Museum in 1785, and then variously translated into other languages. Up to the present date the most widely regarded English translation is that of G.R.S. Mead in 1921. Now upon careful evaluation, the manuscript itself has been dated close to the 3rd century AD. And thus its whereabouts for almost 15 centuries remains a mystery.

Now the Pistis Sophia is an apocryphal work being a discussion between Jesus and his disciples 11 years after rising from the dead. It goes without saying then that it is controversial and definitely not within the bounds of orthodoxy. Be that as it may, it does appear to contain some very interesting information about certain obscene practices that were regarded by Jesus as great sins, as would condemn a man’s soul. Moreover, a certain question put to Jesus by Thomas concerning such matters would appear to directly relate to the Genesis story of Jacob and Esau:

Thomas said: “We have heard that there are some on the earth who take the male seed and the female monthly blood, and make it into a lentil porridge and eat it, saying: ‘We have faith in Esau and Jacob.’ Is this then seemly or not?” 

Jesus was wroth with the world in that hour and said unto Thomas: “Amen, I say: This sin is more heinous than all sins and iniquities. Such men will straightway be taken into the outer darkness and not be cast back anew into the sphere, but they shall perish, be destroyed in the outer darkness in a region where there is neither pity nor light, but howling and grinding of teeth. And all the souls which shall be brought into the outer darkness, will not be cast back anew, but will be destroyed and dissolved.” 

pp. 322-323 (G.R.S. Mead Translation 1921)

If this story is correct, then herein is the solution to the nature of the Red Lentile Pottage prepared by Jacob and eaten by Esau. It is a mixture of female monthly blood and male sperm. A crime of great magnitude, it would seem that it began with Esau, who fathered the Edomite nation, and that the tradition in some form was sustained by small religious sects even up to the time of Jesus.

Copyright 2014 by Keith M. Hunter



  1. Craig says

    A very well written article, without needing to refer to knee-jerk reactions that are predominant in many of the negative comments here.
    An unexpected find & thank you for writing it.

  2. Brenda Brown says

    Granted, I’m a little slow on the uptake at times, but if the comment on ‘decapitating someone and then reanimating them’ is a reference to what I wrote as a comment, I have a response. If it isn’t, just ignore what I’m about to say.

    I would like to point out that I did not change one iota of his intent or meaning, nor did I add on a ‘twist’ to make him say something he didn’t, or take away from what he stated. Though I used my own words, I used his own phrasing so that the idea of what he was saying was entirely true and intact. The only thing I did do however, was shine a little light of realism on to the ‘weird factor’ that he was insisting this account has. If you don’t like reality, that’s your prerogative, but that’s all I was – real and honest, and I might add, without any mean-spiritedness, and those who have some honesty, who recognize sarcasm and humour when they see it, will know it.

    I said nothing to indicate or warrant a comment or accusation of ‘decapitating and reanimating someone’, ‘Lesbianism’, ‘baby-hating’, or being demonic. And frankly Ces, if you think what I said was ‘demonic’, I’m afraid you have more troubles than you know.

    Those who wish to sprinkle flowers on reality, or float up into the clouds until their heads are disconnected from their hearts, are welcome to do so, but sooner or later reality will come calling.

  3. ces says

    Is it just me or does decapitating someone and then re-animating them sound more than a little demonic, I’m not sure I’d want to hang out for eternity with such a being.
    The Lesbian despising children bit is genius, by the way! Although British television presenters from the 1970’s might have been more pertinent.

  4. Brenda Brown says

    Hello Keith Hunter,

    I have debated with saying anything about this, but I’ve decided to go on the record after all.

    I have to hand it to you Keith. You’ve managed to leave me with ‘shaking-head syndrome’. You’ve taken the glass of lemonade that the account of Jacob and Esau is, and turned it into a horror flick.

    First we bump into the ‘strange, bizarre’ fact that Esau was red. Come on Keith, have a peek into a delivery room and you’d find even ‘Caucasian’ babies come in a variety of colours ranging from white, pink, red, to blueish purple – and no wonder. Squeeze your body through the mouth of a pickle jar and see what colour it is when you come out the other side. Not to mention, some people are just plain red.

    Then we bump into the – ‘there has to be more to this than just red pottage’ twist. What? Red people must be ‘destined’ to eat red pottage? So what are us white guys ‘destined’ to eat – onions, turnips, and parsnips? Maybe Jacob threw in a few beats, or perhaps he had some tomatoes handy – who knows. Nor is it a factor in this account that is meant to trip us up and wrinkle our brains over. Yes, it is as simple as two teenage boys being hungry, and one having the foresight to figure in the making of some pottage, while the other figured he could live off fresh air and his own name. But I’ll comment on that in just a bit.

    Then we have to dissect the fact that Esau was also ‘hairy’. I can just imagine where this could go. But again Keith, look around. Some guys can barely grow a moustache, while the next guy’s hairline starts at the top of his forehead and ends at the base of his toenails.

    Finally, we have the two teenage boys themselves. Jacob’s a thinker, he plans his day and figures in the time element, and gives credence to the things of God; while as I said, Esau’s reality is what he feels ‘now’, and he’s a ‘who-cares-about- tonight, that’s-10-hours-away’, kind of guy. Jacob leaves the house knowing what his day is about, while Esau leaves it confident in himself and his flesh’s ability to breathe in nutrition.

    At the end of the day, sure enough, Jacob has pottage ready; but meanwhile, Esau is working in the field when suddenly it hits him – I’m HUNGRY! Home is a ways off, so when he gets there he’s really feeling his knees. Smelling Jacob’s pottage from a short distance away he musters up a yell, “Hey man! Give me some grub I’m dyin’ over here!”

    Jacob, being a little sly and knowing that God’s blessing is worth more than life on the planet, and knowing his brother has always preferred actions over words and thus, couldn’t have cared less about some ‘blessing’, sees his chance and barters. “Okay, give me your birthright and I’ll give you the ‘grub’.”

    In Esau’s mind, what’s a ‘blessing’ when you’re about to fall over from stomach-gnaws? That’s his reality – the here and now, so of course it’s a fair trade.

    Now, Keith. You would have us believe that its ‘bizarre’ and ‘strange’ that a guy put his gut ahead of his spirit, but to slurp on a bowl of sperm and menstral blood is ‘wisdom’. You see, that’s the problem with the occult. If it would get its head out of people’s reproductive organs, and breathe in a little fresh air and sunshine, it might just have enough light to see some reality. But then maybe that’s why they call it ‘the dark arts’.

    I think I’ll stick to my glass of lemonade, and if you want that reproductive-parts-waste-pottage, you won’t find a fight here.

  5. says

    I take offence to the crap about Esau. Only a man unconcerned with a hospital delivery room (to note some babies born redder than others, or a lesbian who might despise children) find a need to criticize being named Red when born red. Maybe we dont have strawberry blond sons or daughters we call RED either and its really a patronage of American white mothers having sympathy for Indians. Further, the age of 16 is not only confirmed by red lentiol soup for Isaac to morn his father, but also the fact that it is marked with the “death of Marduk” mistakenly thought to be Nimrod with the name AmarPal it is a 13-year Mars and so if not when Esau was 16, the next time is 29, and then 42. I find it sick in mind to even speak of sperm with blood flow, because how do you not know the monthly blood lining is not of import rather than the discarded flow? This article reads like magical socery witchcraft (the minds of the all-knowing brew doctors and their prescriptions).

    Yes Esau at 16 can be at the point of death in two ways. He was working the field, he was out hunting for days in the field. Not eating. And at that age you are not only foolish enough to starve to far, but if its all mere exaggeration of oh i am dying, that too is typical of that age of viewpoints. Further, at that age the answer is sure if my brother thinks a birthright can be sold, then i will lie to him and tell him sure it is yours. BUT the fact is that at 16 this gave Jacob the excuse for 61 years to remind his mother and his mother remind him, that the birthright is now his not Esau’s. Mother recognized who held greater respect for things other than food. So i find this article with the thinking of astrologers and witches. Very Very shallow as we all should recognize Satan to be.

  6. says

    A Jesus Christ for 11 years after death is all crap if it diverts reverence to a divinity goddess Sophia. Meanwhile it defies the whole purpose of repeatingly emphasizing the 40-day rapture of Jesus to make people aware that it was not a 40-day rapture of Noah at death to heaven, but of his ark in which all that heavenly water fell and was finished in 40 days (all the christening water of the falling collapsing raining water canopy, the ocean displacment was a baptism of 150 days). The point is, emphasis will be maintained as it has been for 4000 years to save those who wake up and see it. Thus that emphasis is a wager from God, that of 144,000 he selects to heaven, he proves that he knows people, he knows those good, and those bad, and that he can and will select 144,000 successful ones. Those who thik they went to heaven did not. Thus it always looks as if some have failed, but those who failed were not selected. Further, others as with the death of Jesus are claimed to have failed and not be there in heaven, and yet they are. SO HOW DO WE KNOW? We knew because he appeared 40 days. Did not expect blind faith to beleive he was alive. IN fact he didnt expect blind faith from Thomas either, he expected (as with Mother Eve believing Father Adam) that Thomas believe those who had and did see living Jesus. Deadline ended in 40 days not 11 years. Deadline had a purpose and reason. Deadline was a reward for Jesus to be flesh, not live on earth fro decades like wicked angels did whose bodies put toxic Carbon-14 into our pre-Flood world (and so God removed the canopy so we can feel some more toxic carbon-14 as we eat it). God now dilutes it with carbon-12, because the change to come has arrived. Which takes us right back to the crustal displacement that sunnk the continents, happening again. Maximu has always been 2 miles. At that time Ararat went under (if the volcano existed in preFlood); and this time it will not go under, but there are no trees nor grass, nor food there; there are better mountains to go to. Crustal displacement does not slide continents around by 5000 miles. A 1-mile deep meltdown can sink all continents, yet the continents would not move. What happens is the flow of melted magma will shockwave underground like a tsunami, wave after wave (molten rock undeground) going out to under the sea floor, until wave after wave it all comes back raising the land. This is what astral impact will do, and God will reveal the day an hour televised around the world. BUT millions of teachings, oh let’s die and go to heaven, oh stand in the fire we’ll be raptured, Obama saying stay home it is martial law, criminlas saying we will all die so let’s party let’s kill, every avenue that is not the one true way to survive will kill billions. Just as a billion could have built arks with Noah, a billion could live packed on mountains for a year. BUT they choose not to, and even the slow like Lot’s wife will die whining and crying and whimpering and bitching. You will be stupid if you say to others, here you go survive this, then resurrect me when its all over. No survivors will mean no ressurrection because the resurrection has a name it complies to. It doesnt just have people come back so that some say it was Jesus who did so and others say it must be Mohammad. That name will be those who die so they can show you that the 144,000 successfuly proved Satan wrong that God can find 144,000 good people in all this trash who thinks it is good. So as my faith hopes to see these last saints die in trial and appear 40 days, so too i feel they need a sign, someone who dies and awaken back on earth. And i say to God of what will they believe if they call it a medical Lazarus syndrome. God Jehovah, Father of Jesus, husband of the saints, let the saints already in heaven awaiting the rest of their feet on earth prove themselves as wife of Jesus by raising someone who is decapitated. I myself am willing (yeh right mr.chicken here, quit on Mount Ararat at 13,000 feet) I myself am willing to pick up the head and put it back on the victim. I speak as a madman, that if and when it happens, it will have been proven requested of God and predicted before hand.

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