The Apocalypse of James.
It is the Lord who spoke with me , "See now the completion of my redemption. I have given you
of these things, James, my brother. For not without reason have I called you my brother, although
you are not my brother materially. And I am not ignorant concerning you ; so that when I give
sign - know and hear."
"Nothing existed except Him-who-is. He is unnameable and ineffable. I myself am also
from Him-who-is, just as I have been given a number of names - two from Him-who-is. And I, I
you. Since you have asked concerning femalenesss, femaleness existed, but femaleness was not
And it prepared for itself powers and gods. But it did not exist when I came forth, since I am an
Him-who-is. But I have brought forth the image of him so that the sons of Him-who-is might
know what things
are theirs and what things are alien to them. Behold, I shall reveal to you everything of this
For they will seize me the day after tomorrow. But my redemption will be near."
I, James, said: "Rabbi, you have said , ´they will seize me` But I, what can I do?"
He said to me, "Fear not, James. You too will they seize. But leave Jerusalem. For it is she who
gives the cup of bitterness to the sons of light. She is a dwelling place of a great number of
But your redemption will be preserved from them. So that you may understand who they are and
kinds they are, you will [...]. And listen. They are not [...] but [...archons]. These twelve [...]
archons [...] upon his own hebdomad."
James said,"Rabbi, are there then twelve hebdomads and not seven as there are in the
The Lord said, "James, he who spoke concerning this scripture has limited understanding. I ,
shall reveal to you what has come forth from him who has no number. I shall give a sign
number. As for what has come forth from him who has no measure, I shall give a sign concerning
James said,"Rabbi, behold then, I have received their number. There are seventy-two measures!"
The Lord said, "These are the seventy-two heavens, which are their subordinates. These are the
powers of all
their might ; and they were established by them ; and these are they who were distributed
under the authorities of twelve archons. The inferior power among them brought forth for itself
unnumbered hosts. Him-who-is, however, has been given [...]on account of [...] Him-who-is [...]
they are unnumbered.
If you want to give them a number now, you will not be able to do so until you cast away from
your blind thought
, this bond of flesh which encircles you. And then you will reach Him-who-is. And you will no
longer be James;
rather you are the One-who-is. ANd all those who are unnumberd will all have been named."
I,James, said : "Rabbi, in what way shall I reach Him-who-is, since all these powers and these
hosts are armed
against me?" He said to me , "These powers are not armed against you specifically, but are armed
It is against me they are armed. And they are armed with the powers. But they are armed against
me in judgment.
They did not give [...] to me in it [...] through them [...]. In this place [...] suffering , I shall
[...].He will [...] and I shall
not rebuke them. But there shall be within me a silcence and a hidden mystery. But I am
fainthearted before their
I, James, said: "Rabbi, if they arm themselves against you, then is there no blame?
[...] knowledge [...] not in their sufferings [...]. But I have become afraid before them, since they
For what will they do? What will I be able to say? Or what word will I be able to say that I may
The Lord said , "James, I praise your understanding and your fear. If you continue to be
distressed, do not
be concerned for anything else except your redemption. For behold, I shall complete this destiny
earth as I have said from the heavens. And I shall reveal to you your redemption"
James said,"Rabbi, how, after these things, will you appear to us again? After they seize you, and
complete this destiny, you will go up to Him-who-is."
The Lord said, "James, after these things I shall reveal to you everything, not for your sake alone
for the sake of the unbelief of men, so that faith may exist in them. For a multitude will attain to
and they will increase [in ...]. And after this I shall appear to reproof to the archons. And I shall
reveal to them
that he cannot be seized. If they seize him, then he will overpower each one of them. But now I
Remember the things that I have spoken and let them go up before you."
James said,"Lord, I shall hasten as you have said."
The Lord said farewell to him and fulfilled what was fitting.
When James heard of his suffering and was much distressed, they awaited again the sign of his
And he came after several days. And James was walking upon the mountain which is called
with his disciples, who listened to him [because they had been distressed], and he was [...] a
saying , "This is [...] the second [..." Then the ] crowd dispersed, but James remained [...] prayer
, as was his custom."
And the Lord appeared to him. Then he stopped his prayer and embraced him. He kissed him,
"Rabbi, I have found you! I have heard of your sufferings, which you endured. And I have been
My compassion you know. Therefore, on reflection, I was wishing that I would not see this
people. They must
be judged for these things that they have done. For these things they have done are contrary to
what is fitting"
The Lord sad, "James, do not be concerned for me or for this people. I am he who was within me.
I suffered in any way, not have I been distressed. And this people has done me no harm. But this
as a type of the archons, and it deserved to be destroyed through them. But [...] the archons, [...]
who has [...]
since it [...] angry with [...The] just [...] is his servant. Therefore your name is "James the Just".
You see how
you will become sober when you see me. And you stopped this prayer. Now since you are a just
man of God,
you have embraced and kissed me. Truly I say to you that you have stirred up a great anger and a
yourself. But this has happened so that these others might come to be."
But James was timid and wept. And he was very distressed. And they both sat down upon a rock.
The Lord said to him, "James, thus you will undergo these sufferings. But do not be sad. Fot the
flesh is weak.
It will receive what has been ordained for it. But as for you, do not be timid or afraid". The Lord
Now when James heard these things, he wiped away the tears in his eyes and very bitter [...]
which is [...].
The Lord said to him, "James, behold, I shall reveal to you your redemption. When you are
seized, and you undergo
these sufferings, a multitude will arm themselves against you that they might seize you. And in
particular three of them
will seize you - they who sit there as toll collectors. Not only do they demand toll, but they also
take away souls by
theft. When you come into their power, one of them who is their guard will say to you, "Who are
you or where are you from?"
You are to say to him , "I am a son, and I am from the Father" He will say to you, "What sort of
son are you, and to what
father do you belong?" You are to say to him, "I am from the Pre-existent Father, and a son in the
[When he says] to you, [...], you are to [...say to him] in the [...] that I might [...]."
"[...of] alien things?" You are to say to him, "They are not entirely alien, but they are from
Achamoth, who is the female.
And these she produced as she brought down the race from the Pre-existent One. So then they are
not alien, but they
are ours. They are indeed ours because she who is mistress of them is from the Pre-existent One.
At the same
time they are alien because the Pre-existent One did not have intercourse with her, when she
"But when you come to these three detainers who take away souls by theft in that place [...] these.
You [...] a vessel
[...] much more than [...] of the one whom you [...] for [...] her root. You too will be sober [...].
But I shall call upon
the imperishable knowledge, which is Sophia who is in the Father and who is the mother of
had no father nor male consort, but she is female from a female. She produced you without a
male, since she was
alone and in ignorance as to what lives through her mother because she thought that she alone
But I shall cry out to her mother. And then they will fall into confusion and will blame their root
and the race of their
mother. But you will go up to what is yours [...] you will [...] the Pre-existent One."
"They are a type of the twelve disciples and the twelve pairs, [...] Achamoth, which is translated
"Sophia". And who
I myself am, and who the imperishable Sophia is through whom you will be redeemed, and who
are all the sons of
Him-who-is - these things they have known and have hidden within them. You are to hide these
things within you,
and you are to keep silence. But you are to reveal them to Addai. When you depart, immediately
war will be made
with this land. Weep, then, for him who dwells in Jerusalem. But let Addai take these things to
heart. In the tenth
year let Addai sit and write them down. And when he writes them down [...] and they are to give
them [...] he has the
[...] he is called Levi. Then he is to bring [...] word [...] from what I said earlier [...] a woman [...]
Jerusalem in her [...and]
he begets two sons through her. They are to inherit these things and the understanding of him
who [...] exalts.
And they are to receive [...] through him from his intellect. Now, the younger of them is greater.
And may these things
remain hidden in him until he comes to the age of seventeen years [...] beginning [...] through
them. They will
pursue him exceedingly, since they are from his [...] companions. He will be proclaimed through
them, and they will
proclaim this word. Then he will become a seed of [...]."
James said, [I am] satisfied and they are [...] my soul. Yet another thing I ask you : who are the
who have been your disiciples? And behold all women bless you. I also am amazed how powerless
have become strong by perception which is in them."
The Lord said, "You [...] well [...] a spirit [of...], a spirit of thought, a spirit of counsel of a [...] ,
a spirit [...a,] spirit
of knowledge of their fear. [...] when we had passed through the breath of this archon who is
named Adonaios [...]
[...] him and [...] he was ignorant [...] when I came forth from him, he remebered that I am a son
of his. He was gracious
to me at that time as his son. And then, before I appeared here, he cast them among this people.
And from the place
of heaven the prophets..."
James said, "Rabbi, [...] I [...] all together [...] in them especially [...] "
The Lord said, "James, I praise [you...] walk upon the earth [...] the words while he [...] on the
cast away from you the cup, which is bitterness. For some from [...] set themselves against
For you have begun to understand their roots from the beginning to end. Cast away from
lawlessness. And beware lest they envy you. When you speak these words of this perception,
these four : Salome and Mariam [ and Martha and Arsione ...] since he takes some [...] to me he is
burnt offerings and [...]. But I [...] not in this way ; but [...] first-fruits of the [...] upward [...] so
thar the power of
God might appear. The perishable has gone up to the imperishable and the female element has
to this male element."
James said, "Rabbi, into these three things, then, has their [...] been cast. For they have been
[and they have been] persecuted [...]. Behold [...] everything [...] from anyone [...].
For you have received [...] of knowledge. [And...] that what is the [...] go [...] you will [find...].
But I shall go
[forth] and shall reveal that they believed in you that they may be content with their blessing and
and this revelation may come to pass."
And he went at that time immediately and rebuked the twelve and cast out of them contentment
the way of knowledge [...].
[...] And the majority of [them...] when they saw, the messenger took in [...]. The others [...] said,
from this earth. For he is not worthy of life." These, then, were afraid. They arose, saying, "We
have no part in
this blood, for a just man will perish through injustice" James departed so that [...] look [...] for
The Apocalypse of James.