The Sophia of Jesus as it Relates to Qabala

Much of this page will not make sense unless you have at least read The Sophia of Jesus and the primers on ha-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.

Jesus -- as can be seen in both The Gospel of Judas and The Sophia of Jesus -- was hardly following anyone's orders. He apparently despised the dealings of "the angels and authorities" which he knew, exemplified in the New Testament by the Pharisees and other religious leaders of his day, with their strict adherence to the Law of man (Rabbinical/Talmudic law, which uses an interpretation of Scriptures by men to rule over others, as opposed to Qabbalistic/Mosaic "law," which is based on initiation into, and enlightenment from, the "mysteries," used for the advancement of an individual's spirit).

Knowing he had enemies on all sides, Jesus took his initiation into the mysteries, then hurriedly passed the secrets on to his followers, explaining that it didn't matter whether or not they, per se, understood, as long as they passed it on correctly.

Jesus's depth of belief in knowledge as salvation caused him to hate all the "works of womanhood" (Man, as opposed to Spirit or the "works of God") and Man's preoccupation with Rule and Law. He didn't feel that the "angels" should have complete control of the mysteries, passing them on through "pure" bloodlines, or that the Romans should have any say whatsoever. Knowledge -- and salvation -- were for everyone, regardless of initiation or birth right.

Yet it does no good to speculate on a history that is long-since buried under millennia of dust. It matters not who Jesus was, who the "angels" were, who he hated most or why; it matters only that the Knowledge he was given has been successfully passed down, over 2000 years, to the present day. Truly, then, we can see that the Spirit is immortal, though the Body will perish.

The mathematics Jesus explains in The Sophia are metric, which is to say the concept of zero and tens is utilized. Ones "create" tens, so it can be said that they "rule" over them, just as tens "rule" over hundredths, and so on. This is the same message as is taught in qabalistic cosmology, where the prime emanations are the numbers 1-9 (ones), which rule over their derivitives (10s, 100s, etc.).

[This can most easily be seen in this diagram form of The Sophia.]

After setting up the mathematics, Jesus then presents what appears to be a complex, nonsensical rendering of creation. This nonsense actually explains how to measure precession, and thus time itself, and also corresponds to various "orthodox" and "esoteric" accounts of qabalistic cosmology, showing that Jesus may have been the only man left who truly understood the "keys to gnosis."

There are nine emanations of "The Unbegotten" before Body -- life as we know it -- came into existence, just as there are nine keys to the Qabala (each letter corresponds to a number). A closer examination proves that the nine essences of both are the same.

It must be noted that Jesus' view of creation is imbued with the repetitive fact that each emanation contains -- and must contain -- both the male and the female. This can be seen also in his philosophies by how he rebukes Simon in The Gospel of Judas when Simon questions Mary's presence among them.

Finally, then, this is how The Sophia corresponds to qabala:

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.

From there the Qabala --and Creation -- goes on up the scales of tens (yod (10) is existence in the physical sense, and from there the number-symbols become more concrete concepts of their abstract precursors), hundreds, and even thousands, showing that in this way the emanations also gave rise to the keys to higher mathematics.

It is at this point that The Sophia creation myth turns to the question of what good such mathematical keys are, which means we have again reached precession and the measure of Time.