The First Apocalypse of James

The First Apocalypse of James
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IT IS THE LORD WHO SPOKE WITH ME, “See now the completion of my redemption. I have given you a sign 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 you a sign – know and hear.” “Nothing existed except Him-who-is. He is unnameable and ineffable.

I myself am also unnameable, from Him-who-is, just as I have been given a number of names – two from Him-who-is. And I, I am before you. Since you have asked concerning femalenesss, femaleness existed, but femaleness was not first. And it prepared for itself powers and gods. But it did not exist when I came forth, since I am an image of 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 mystery. 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 always gives the cup of bitterness to the sons of light. She is a dwelling place of a great number of archons. But your redemption will be preserved from them. So that you may understand who they are and what kinds they are, you will […]. And listen. They are not […] but […archons]. These twelve […] down […] archons […] upon his own hebdomad.” James said,”Rabbi, are there then twelve hebdomads and not seven as there are in the scriptures?”