The Sophia of Jesus as it Relates to Qabala
Perhaps unorthodox scholars are correct in the assumption that Jesus's "death" and "resurrection" was nothing more than an initiation into a "cult" of these "mysteries," which appears to have been a cult of mathematics and precession.
[This can most easily be seen in this diagram form of The Sophia.]
Aleph (1) is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and represents the abstract principle of infinity, just like the figure of The Unbegotten who is "the eternal infinite god" that was not born, and thus has no beginning nor end. In short, The Unbegotten is Infinity; aleph.
Bayt (2) is the abstract concept of the physical containers which hold infinity, without which nothing could exist. This is represented in The Sophia by Immortal Man, the king of kings and god of gods, the one who created Divinity and Kingdom -- containers, also called "Faith."
Ghimel (3) is the action of every container (bayt) infused with infinity (aleph), and is represented in the creation myth of The Sophia as First Man, the Son of God, the First-Begotten, or the container infused with infinity that moved, that did something -- it found "Love."
Dalet (4) comes next as, simply, physical existence. The response to movement is Life, and so comes Adam of Light, the First-Begetter, the first emanation with physical existence (adam, qabalistically, means "the physical existence of infinity where all life originates"). Thus, we can see that when Jesus tells his followers in The Gospel of Judas to become "like adam," he is not saying they must become like men. Rather, they must become like the physical existence of the Infinite, which is to say God, who is, always and forever, both male and female.
Hay (5) is the Hebrew letter that corresponds to idea of the "game" of life, which is a continuous cycle of life and death. Once things exist, they must eventually end. This marks the third aeon on the scale of The Sophia, that of "Assembly," where the great multitude appeared. A multitude of life, yes, but also of knowledge. This is the aeon when we figured out how to tell time, measured most simply by the passage of life.
Vav (6) represents the fertilizing force, the continual recreation of life. In terms of the creation myth in The Sophia, this is the result of the consort of Savior and Pistis when, in reproductive terms, all hell broke loose, giving rise, eventually, to the 360 Powers. Note also that Savior and Pistis had six androgynes, corresponding exactly to the Qabalistic number of their consort.
Zayn (7) is the achievement of this rampant fertilization. Every avenue of possibility is opened up, summed up in The Sophia as Thoughts, Reflections, Considerations, Rationalizations, Wills, and finally Words. Through knowledge -- the ability to think, create thoughts, and write things down -- we open all possible doorways. Surely, this must be salvation.
Hhyat (8) comes next, as the unevolved state of all the energy created by zayn. The eighth aeon, we are told, is thus the aeon of chaos -- our aeon, where we have all the doorways opened, all the energy, but have yet to evolve to such a state as to do anything with it. At this point, the creation is simply running rampant, giving rise to the 72 powers.
Finally comes tayt (9), symbolizing pure female energy, what The Sophia calls "Will." There are five spiritual powers within the chaos, and since they are female, they correspond to the Body. Only from our surroundings do we form thoughts; only from the five sense of the body -- the "works of womanhood" -- do we gain Minds, and thus Will.