Books Of Jeu


Two Gnostic texts partially preserved in Coptic in the Bruce Codex. At the end of the first book is a title, “The Book of the Great Mystery-Message.” The current title, the Books of Jeu, was applied to the texts by Carl Schmidt, reflecting his view that they are “the two books of Jeu” mentioned in the related work Pistis Sophia.

A called “Jeu” is in the texts. 1 Jeu is a revelation between the risen Jesus and his disciples in which he refers to various divine emanations called “Jeu” and gives them instructions on how to reach the 60 “treasuries” of the heavenly world. In 2 Jeu, Jesus initiates his disciples into the mysteries of water baptism, fire baptism, and spirit baptism. The Coptic text of both books is accompanied by cryptic diagrams called “seals.” Extant only in Coptic, 1-2 Jeu were originally in Greek, probably in late third-century Egypt.