DIALOGUE OF THE SAVIOR (NHC III, 5)
A Gnostic revelation dialogue featuring “the Savior” (Jesus Christ, though he is not named) presenting esoteric teaching to his disciples Judas, Mary, and Matthew. Traditional sayings of Jesus, some paralleled in the canonical New Testament and the Gospel of Thomas, are expanded into larger discourses. The title is given at both the beginning and the end of the text. Mary (Magdalene) is given a special place in the text, though the disciples are counseled to “destroy the works of womanhood,” that is, eschew physical generation. Dialogue of the Savior is in a poor state of preservation. Extant only in Coptic, it was originally composed in Greek sometime in the second century, perhaps in Egypt.