I think Thunder got it right: we shouldn’t be surprised to discover how spiritual dullness continues to oppose the quest for spiritual understanding. When we pray in secret, we hear by thunder.
Some obscure points in the canon may have much greater significance in the larger context of other works. Here is a detailed example to illustrate this point. Starting with Colossians.
"This is the kind of life that seems most consistent with Jesus’s other teachings, and the accusations against Gnosticism hardly apply to this text."
I can say that there are at least seven Marys, depending on how you count them. I’ll start off with those seven and explain how we get to that seven. An Interview with Anna Cwikla.
The Gospel of Mary is a document whose attractiveness is still on the rise since its discovery about 120 years ago. This discussion focuses directly on the character of the gospel and whether it makes a difference for the principle challenges and opportunities of our day. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)
Since translating the fifth-century version of The Gospel of Mary, I’ve often pondered its central feature – a story about a soul’s perilous journey upward past seven malevolent Powers that seek to restrain it.