There are two instances in which a woman is described as having received the Vision which is to be understood as the Vision of the “Son of man”;
the Vision which is also referred to in the Quran
as the “Night Journey” of Mohammed.
The first is described in relation to Hagar in Genesis
“The angel of Yahweh said to her, ‘ Go back to your mistress and submit to her.’ The angel of Yahweh said to her, ‘I will make your
descendants too numerous to be counted.’ Then the angel of Yahweh said to her: ‘Now you have conceived, and you will bear a son, and you shall
call him Ishmael, for Yahweh has heard your cries of distress. A wild ass of a man he will be, against every man, and every man against him, setting
himself to defy his brothers.’ Hagar gave a name to Yahweh Who had spoken to her: ‘You are El Roi [meaning “God of Vision”], for, she said,
‘Surely this is a place where I, in my turn, have seen the One Who sees me?’”
And the second is in relation to Mary, the follower of Jesus, as described in the Gospel of Mary
found at Nag Hammadi, Egypt:
Now, for reasons which should be obvious, the Jewish religious ‘authorities’ cannot be expected to emphasize or even so much as acknowledge that
Hagar, the mother of Ishmael, received a Vision which was also received by Moses, Isaiah, Daniel and Ezekiel; especially after Jesus and John and
Mohammed received the same Vision.
But the problems for Christian theology of acknowledging the validity of the Gospel of Mary
are even more
To begin with, Mary was a woman; and, to acknowledge that a woman, no less than a man, is capable of receiving Revelations would have seriously
threatened the masculine power structure even within the Gnostic community, as can be clearly seen in the last passages of the Gospel of
“Saying 114: ‘Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life.’
Jesus said: ‘You nitwit son of a bitch…’ (which, however, has been deleted from the written version of the Gospel of Thomas
joking.] ‘I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who
will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven.’”
Secondly, certain passages in the Gospel of Mary
are, in fact, detailed descriptions of the “Messages to the Seven Churches” referred to in
the Revelation of John
; which, however, creates a third problem:
According to both the Gospel of Mary
and the Gospel of Philip
, Jesus loved Mary ‘more than the other disciples’; whereas, in the
Gospel of John
, John is said to have been the “disciple that Jesus loved”.
And, briefly, it satisfies the male chauvinist, anti-feminine fantasies of a celibate priesthood and religious establishment to believe that Jesus
loved John more than Mary, and that he conveyed more of his Teaching to John than he did to Mary.
Thus, according to the Christian religious ‘authorities’, the Gospel of Mary
be understood as an heretical work.
And, as expected over the past 60 years or so, the media continues to publish only
those points of view which preserve the economic interests
of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious 'authorities'.