Author Archives: James F. McGrath

About James F. McGrath

Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature, Butler University.

34 – Miriai’s Story

In the name of the Great Life Sublime light be exalted I am Miriai, daughter of kings of Babylon, Daughter of the mighty rulers of Jerusalem. Jews gave birth to me and priests nurtured me. They carried me in the … Continue reading

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25 – Sleeping in the Day of Judgment

John teaches in the night, John in the evenings of the nights, John teaches in the night and says: Oh freemen who are lying down, and oh freewomen who are not wakened, Oh freemen who sleep during the day of … Continue reading

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24 – More on the Pitfall of Impure Women

John teaches in the nights, John in the evenings of the nights John teaches in the night and says, “I was in the house of my image, and it said: ‘I was not defective nor imperfect and you have not … Continue reading

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23 – The Pitfall of Impure Women

John teaches in the night John in the evenings of the night John teaches in the nights and says: Keep me safe my brother, and keep me safe my friend Keep me safe from pits which women dig. All these … Continue reading

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22 – A Proclamation of War in the World (John Predicts the Coming of Muhammad)

John teaches in the nights, John in the evenings of the nights. John teaches in the nights: “A proclamation of war in the world.” and he says, “Oh, they come standing in evil. Buy a way for yourselves! Oh, they … Continue reading

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30 – Jesus Comes to John to be Baptized

John teaches in the nights, John in the evenings of the nights John teaches in the nights Splendor shines upon the worlds. Who said to Jesus To Jesus the son of Mariam? Who said to Jesus So that he came … Continue reading

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19 – A Garment from the First Life

John teaches in the nights, John in the evenings of the nights John teaches in the nights and says In the name of my father I shine And praise the man (who is) my creator I delivered my soul from … Continue reading

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32 – John’s Parents Continued

John teaches in the nights, John in the evenings of the nights John teaches in the nights and says, “The spheres and the Merkabah shook, Earth and the heavens wept, and tears flowed from the clouds.” He says, “My father … Continue reading

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18-Portents of the Birth of John the Baptist

In the name of the Great Life. May transcendent Light be exalted! A child was planted from on high, a secret/mystery was revealed in Jerusalem. The priests had dreams. Murmuring falls into (the place of) Wickedness – Murmuring falls into … Continue reading

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