The Thunder:Perfect Mind
"This figure is completely unidentified, unless one considers the title of the text, The Thunder: Perfect Mind, as identification. One scholar does, noting that thunder is feminine in Greek and the “Thunder in Greek myth, the Hebrew Bible, and elsewhere comes forth from the highest god... It is the way in which the god makes his presence known on earth.” This figure reveals herself in a series of paradoxical revelations, almost as if entreating the listener to contemplate a greater mystery. Her statements have parallels in other texts, Eve gives and ‘I am” proclamation, but the most striking parallel is with Isis. Some of the statements of Isis and Thunder correspond nearly exactly. For instance, an inscription from Ios says “I am the wife and sister of King Osiris.”, and “I am the mother of King Horus”, where Thunder says “I am the mother of my father, and the sister of my husband, and he is my offspring.”. Clearly this figure is powerful, telling her listeners to ‘Hear!’ several times. Some have suggested that the paradoxical statements could indicate her identity as Sophia, in both her higher and lower aspects, or the dual Eve. Whoever she is, she is a formidable figure, confident in her power, and able to speak in a commanding voice."
And here is a link to the rest of the paper.
This text to me represents female power, and shows the equal ability of women to attain gnosis and thus salvation. While many traditions say that women are excluded from salvation, including otherwise enlightened eastern traditions, gnosis is here clearly available to all who seek it. Like I said in an earlier post, this equality is what attracted me to Gnosticism in the first place.
Until next time...