The Nag Hammadi Library in English Book
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The Nag Hammadi Library in English

  • Author : James McConkey Robinson
  • Publisher : Brill Archive
  • Release Date : 1984
  • Genre: Gnostic literature
  • Pages : 516
  • ISBN 10 : 9004071857

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The Gnostic Bible Book
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The Gnostic Bible

  • Author : Willis Barnstone
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 874
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590301999

The Gnostic Bible Excerpt :

A landmark work of scholarship and literary translation, The Gnostic Bible presents the most significant and beautiful sacred texts of gnostic mysticism. The gnostics were religious thinkers who believed that salvation is found through mystical knowledge and personal religious experience. Gnostic writings offer striking perspectives on both early Christian and non-Christian thought. Dating from the first to the thirteenth centuries, the selections in this volume represent Jewish, Christian, Hermetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar forms of gnostic spirituality, and their sources include Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. These texts show that gnosticism was a world religion that sought truths in a wide variety of traditions and expressed those truths in powerful and provocative mystical poetry and prose. This is the first time that such a diverse collection of ancient gnostic texts has been published in a single volume, and many of the texts have never before been translated into English.

The Gnostic Gospels Book
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The Gnostic Gospels

  • Author : Elaine Pagels
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2004-06-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781588364173

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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time The Gnostic Gospels is a landmark study of the long-buried roots of Christianity, a work of luminous scholarship and wide popular appeal. First published in 1979 to critical acclaim, winning the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Gnostic Gospels has continued to grow in reputation and influence over the past two decades. It is now widely recognized as one of the most brilliant and accessible histories of early Christian spirituality published in our time. In 1945 an Egyptian peasant unearthed what proved to be the Gnostic Gospels, thirteen papyrus volumes that expounded a radically different view of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ from that of the New Testament. In this spellbinding book, renowned religious scholar Elaine Pagels elucidates the mysteries and meanings of these sacred texts both in the world of the first Christians and in the context of Christianity today. With insight and passion, Pagels explores a remarkable range of recently discovered gospels, including the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, to show how a variety of “Christianities” emerged at a time of extraordinary spiritual upheaval. Some Christians questioned the need for clergy and church doctrine, and taught that the divine could be discovered through spiritual search. Many others, like Buddhists and Hindus, sought enlightenment—and access to God—within. Such explorations raised questions: Was the resurrection to be understood symbolically and not literally? Was God to be envisioned only in masculine form, or feminine as well? Was martyrdom a necessary—or worthy—expression of faith? These early Christians dared to ask questions that orthodox Christians later suppressed—and their explorations led to profoundly different visions of Jesus and his message. Brilliant, provocative, and stunning in its implications, The Gnostic Gospels is a radical,

The Gnostic Discoveries Book

The Gnostic Discoveries

  • Author : Marvin W. Meyer
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-07-21
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061963407

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The Meaning of the Nag Hammadi, now in paperback opens the with the thrilling adventure story of the discovery of the ancient Papyrii at Nag Hammadi. Muhammad Ali, the fellahin, discovered the sealed jar, he feared that it might contain a jinni, or spirit, but also had heard of hidden treasures in such jars. Greed overcame his fears and when he smashed open the jar, gold seemed to float into the air. To his disappointment, it was papyrus fragmenst, not gold, but for scholars around the world, it was invaluable. Meyer then discusses the pre–Christian forms of wisdom that went onto influence what Christians believe today. In addition, some Nag Hammadi texts are attributed to Valentinus, a man who almost became Pope, and whose rejection changed the church in significant ways. Text by text, Meyer traces the history and impact of this great find on the Church, right up to our current beliefs and popular cultural fascination with this officially suppressed secret knowledge about Jesus and his followers.

Nag Hammadi  Gnosticism  and Early Christianity Book

Nag Hammadi Gnosticism and Early Christianity

  • Author : Charles W. Hedrick
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release Date : 2005-10-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN 10 : 9781597524025

Nag Hammadi Gnosticism and Early Christianity Excerpt :

[This] book acquaints the beginner with the topic of gnosticism and early Christianity and presents to the specialist some of the new frontiers their colleagues are exploring. For the beginner there is a concise introduction to gnosticism. It covers the issues of origin, literature, leading ideas, and possible links with early Christianity. Each contributor has prepared a preface to his or her paper that points to its salient features and explains how the essay fits into the overall subject of the book. --from the Preface

The Gospels of Mary Book

The Gospels of Mary

  • Author : Marvin W. Meyer
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-09-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061965951

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Mary Magdalene, Jesus's Closest Disciple Marvin Meyer, one of the foremost scholars of the Gnostic Gospels: translates and introduces the Gnostic and New Testament texts that together reveal the story and importance of Mary Magdalene includes new translations of the Gospels of Mary, Thomas, Philip, and related texts about Mary Magdalene discloses, with Esther A. De Boer, the long-suppressed story of Mary's vital role in the life of Jesus and in the formative period after his crucifixion presents as authentically as possible the real Mary Magdalene

What is Gnosticism  Book
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What is Gnosticism

  • Author : Karen L. King
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 372
  • ISBN 10 : 0674017625

What is Gnosticism Excerpt :

A study of gnosticism examines the various ways early Christians strove to define themselves in a pluralistic Roman society, while questioning the traditional ideas of heresy and orthodoxy that have previously influenced historians.

The Coptic Gnostic Library Book

The Coptic Gnostic Library

  • Author : James MacConkey Robinson
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 900422890X

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The Gnostic Scriptures  Second Edition Book

The Gnostic Scriptures Second Edition

  • Author : Bentley Layton
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-07-06
  • Genre: Gnosticism
  • Pages : 761
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300208542

The Gnostic Scriptures Second Edition Excerpt :

A collection of extra-biblical scriptures written by the gnostics, updated with three ancient texts including the recently discovered Gospel of Judas This definitive introduction to the gnostic scriptures provides a crucial look at the theology, religious atmosphere, and literary traditions of ancient Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism. It provides authoritative translations of ancient texts from Greek, Latin, and Coptic, with introductions, bibliographies, and annotations. The texts are organized to reflect the history of gnosticism in the second through fourth centuries CE. This second edition provides updates throughout and adds three new ancient texts, including the recently discovered Gospel of Judas.

The Gnostic Gospels Book
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The Gnostic Gospels

  • Author : Alan Jacobs
  • Publisher : Watkins Publishing
  • Release Date : 2005-01
  • Genre: Apocryphal Gospels
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 1842930990

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A superb series of compact, beautifully presented editions of sacred texts selected from the major writings of the world's spiritual traditions in reliable and accessible translations. and values, an urge to break free from the orthodoxies of our own cultural heritage and to explore beyond its frontiers in search of fulfilment and enlightenment. This search for truth leads us to the great sacred texts of the world's literature. The four titles this season include the Tao Te Ching, poetry brimming with Taoist wisdom about our need to bend to nature's currents; the inspirational Bhagavad Gita, which addresses the issues of conflict - both internal and external; the deeply mystical texts of the Kabbalah, which has recently become very popular in the West; and the fascinating forgotten scriptures of the Gnostic Gospels. These texts offer us a new compass to steer by in our quest for the truth and poetry of the spirit.

The Secret Teachings of Jesus Book
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The Secret Teachings of Jesus

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-09-28
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307756640

The Secret Teachings of Jesus Excerpt :

In December 1945, two Egyptian fellahin, digging for natural fertilizer in the Nile River valley unearthed a sealed storage jar. The jar proved to hold treasure of an unexpected sort: a collection of some fifty-two ancient manuscripts, most of which reflect the teachings of a mystical religious movement we call Gnosticism (from the Greek word gnosis, "knowledge"). The texts are also, with few exceptions, Christian documents, and thus they provide us with valuable new information about the character of the early church, and about the Gnostic Christians within the church. In this volume, Marvin W. Meyer has produced a new English translation for general readers of four of the most important and revealing of these early Christian texts -- the Secret Book of James, the Gospel of Thomas, the Book of Thomas, and the Secret Book of John.

Jung and the Lost Gospels Book
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Jung and the Lost Gospels

  • Author : Stephan A. Hoeller
  • Publisher : Quest Books
  • Release Date : 1989-10-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : 0835606465

Jung and the Lost Gospels Excerpt :

The "Lost Gospels" refer to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library, both discovered in the 1940s. The Nag Hammadi Library consists of writings found by two peasants who unearthed clay jars in 1945 in upper Egypt. These did not appear in English for 32 years, because the right to publish was contended by scholars, politicians, and antique dealers. The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in clay jars in Palestine by a goatherder in 1947, weathered similar storms. The first team of analysts were mostly Christian clergy, who weren't anxious to share material that frightened church leaders. As Dr. Hoeller shows, they rightly feared the documents would reveal information that might detract from unique claims of Christianity. Indeed, the Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi Library both contradict and complement accepted tenets of the Old and New Testaments.

The Secret Book of John Book

The Secret Book of John

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : SkyLight Paths Publishing
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 9781594730825

The Secret Book of John Excerpt :

Tells the story of the devolution of God from perfect Oneness down to imprisonment in the material world. Original.

A Dictionary of Gnosticism Book

A Dictionary of Gnosticism

  • Author : Andrew Phillip Smith
  • Publisher : Quest Books
  • Release Date : 2014-03-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9780835630979

A Dictionary of Gnosticism Excerpt :

A Dictionary of Gnosticism is a scholarly yet accessible guide that covers the people, mythology, movements, scripture, and technical terms related to this pre-Christian Western religion. It contains nearly 1700 entries, from Aachiaram, an angel in the 'Secret Book of John to Zostrianos', a third-century Gnostic text, and is a reliable reference for the Nag Hammadi library and other Gnostic texts. An introduction explains who the Gnostics were and provides a whirlwind tour through the history of this captivating movement.

Nag Hammadi Texts and the Bible Book

Nag Hammadi Texts and the Bible

  • Author : C.A. Evans
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2019-07-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 575
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004379886

Nag Hammadi Texts and the Bible Excerpt :

This important tool will greatly facilitate research into the relationship of biblical texts and the materials that make up Gnosticism. To date no exhaustive Scripture index to Nag Hammadi has been prepared. One of the significant features of this volume is that it fills this lacuna.