These are my notes on the surviving excerpts available from the so-called Gospel of the Egyptians:
- The Gospel of the Egyptians does not exist, except as experts from writings attributed to Clement of Alexandria, Hippolytus, and Epiphanus.
- Humans will live and die as long as women continue to give birth to children. This presumes an eschatology driven by human action, namely sex and child-bearing, two negatives.
- Salome is a central character. She is mentioned in the Gospel of Mark, so the Gospel of the Egyptians may have depended on the Second Gospel. Salome’s greatness is found in that she has no children.
- Jesus is presented as being anti-sex. He calls it a “bitter plant” and a “garment of shame”. He decries gender, exalting a genderless existence. Jesus is quoted as saying he came to destroy the “works of the female”, which are presented as causing lust, giving birth, and forcing the continuation of decay and death. Needless to say, this document seems a bit misogynistic.
- This document is said to have advocated a doctrine that the soul changes, though the extent of this teaching is unknown, and that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one and the same “person”.