The Nag Hammadi Scriptures

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures
Author: Marvin W. Meyer,James M. Robinson
Pages: 864
ISBN: 0062046365
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Release: 2010-09-14
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, edited by Marvin Meyer, is the most complete, up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the renowned library of Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945, which rivaled the Dead Sea Scrolls find in significance. It includes the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and the recently discovered Gospel of Judas, as well as other Gnostic gospels and sacred texts. This volume also includes introductory essays, notes, tables, glossary, index, etc. to help the reader understand the context and contemporary significance of these texts which have shed new light on early Christianity and ancient thought. The compilation of ancient manuscripts that constitute The Nag Hammadi Scriptures is a discovery that challenges everything we thought we knew about the early Christian church, ancient Judaism, and Greco-Roman religions.

The Nag Hammadi Library in English

The Nag Hammadi Library in English
Author: James McConkey Robinson
Pages: 493
ISBN: 0060669330
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Release: 1981
Editor: Harper San Francisco
Language: en

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The Gnostic Bible

The Gnostic Bible
Author: Willis Barnstone,Marvin W. Meyer
Pages: 860
ISBN: 9781590301999
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Release: 2005-07
Editor: Shambhala Publications
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

THE GNOSTIC BIBLE is by far the most comprehensive compilation of gnostic texts ever published - and the first aimed at rendering the texts in poetic, readable prose. The gnostics were religious thinkers engaged in the quest for wisdom and knowledge, and they proclaimed a salvation to be found through mystical knoweldge and intuition. As the Gospel of Thomas puts it, "Know whatis in front of your face and what is hidden from you will be disclosed. There is nothing hidden from you that will not be revealed." Dating from the first to the thirteen centuries, these gnostic texts represent Jewish, Chritian, Hemetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic and Cathar forms of gnostic spirituality, and they derive from Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, China, France and elsewhere. These texts show that gnosticism was a world religion that sought truths in a wide variety of religious traditions and expressed those truths in powerful and provocative mystical poetry and prose. The impact of gnosticism upon other religions of the world was considerable, and the influence of gnosticism continues to the present day. This volume represents the first time that such a diverse collection of gnostic texts is published in a single volume and some of the texts are translated into English for the first time here. The texts are accompanied bu introductions and notes and additional study aids describe gnosticism, elucidate gnostic terms and suggest further readings.

The Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels
Author: Elaine Pagels
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781588364173
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Release: 2004-06-29
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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, eloquent reconsideration of the origins of the Christian faith.

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures
Author: Wolf-Peter Funk,Berliner Arbeitskreis für Koptisch-Gnostische Schriften,Coptic Gnostic Library Project
Pages: 844
ISBN: 0739492454
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Release: 2007
Editor: Unknown
Language: un

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The Nag Hammadi Library in English

The Nag Hammadi Library in English
Author: James James McConkey Robinson,Richard Smith,Coptic Gnostic Library Project
Pages: 549
ISBN: 9004088563
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Release: 1996-01-01
Editor: BRILL
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

First published in 1978, "The Nag Hammadi Library" was widely acclaimed by critics and scholars alike. Containing many of the writings of the Gnostics since the time of Christ, this was the work that launched modern Gnostic studies and exposed a movement whose teachings are in may ways as relevant today as they were sixteen centuries ago. Although some of the texts had appeared in other translations, the 1978 edition was the first and only translation of these ancient and fascinating manuscripts to appear in one volume. This new edition is the result of ten years of additional research, and editorial and critical work. Every translation has been changed or added to; many have been thoroughly revised. Unearthed in 1945 near the town of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt, the texts literally begin where the Dead Sea Scrolls end. Their discovery is seen as equally significant, bringing to light a long-hidden well of new information, sources, and insights into early Judaism and the roots of Christianity. Each text is accompanied by a new and expanded introduction. Also included are a revised general introduction and an afterword discussing the modern relevance of Gnosticism, from Voltaire and Blake through Melville and Yeats to Jack Kerouac and science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. The translations and introductions to the Nag Hammadi texts are by members of the Coptic Gnostic Library Project, which includes such scholars as Helmut Koester, George McRae, and Elaine Pagels.

Jung and the Lost Gospels

Jung and the Lost Gospels
Author: Stephan A. Hoeller
Pages: 286
ISBN: 0835606465
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Release: 1989-10-01
Editor: Quest Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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 Gnostic Discoveries

The Gnostic Discoveries
Author: Marvin W. Meyer
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780061963407
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Release: 2009-07-21
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

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.

The Gnostic Scriptures

The Gnostic Scriptures
Author: Bentley Layton
Pages: 530
ISBN: 0300140134
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Release: 1995-01-08
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This introduction to the gnostic scriptures takes a look at the theology, religious atmosphere and literary traditions of ancient Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism.

Trajectories through Early Christianity

Trajectories through Early Christianity
Author: James M. Robinson,Helmut Koester
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9781597527361
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Release: 2006-08-01
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Contents1 Introduction: The Dismantling and Reassembling of the Categories of New Testament Scholarship2 Kerygma and History in the New Testament3 LOGOI SOPHON: On the Gattung of Q4 GNOMAI DIAPHOROI: The Origin and Nature of Diversification in the History of Early Christianity5 One Jesus and Four Primitive Gospels6 The Structure and Criteria of Early Christian Beliefs7 The Johannine Trajectory8 Conclusion: The Intention and Scope of Trajectories

The Flight of the Feathered Serpent

The Flight of the Feathered Serpent
Author: Paul Folmsbee
Pages: 268
ISBN: 9798728374848
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Release: 2021-04-04
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Flight of the Feathered Serpent is a story of grand adventure set in 12th century Mexico. Two young Icelanders, William and Lara, flee their northern home and become lost at sea. Surviving a powerful storm, the couple are shipwrecked near the shores of ancient Mexico. The mighty Toltec Empire, pre-cursor to the Aztec Empire, is collapsing. Lara is kidnapped by warriors and carried off to the capital of the empire, Tula, where she is to be sacrificed on a stone altar. William is off in hot pursuit to save her! In his pursuit, William befriends the heir to the empire, and soon finds himself joining the struggle against an evil cult. The young heir and future emperor is betrayed and his family is killed. William, along with his new friend, are captured and forced to train for battle in the great ball courts of Tula. The games are a mighty spectacle, not unlike the entertainments of ancient Rome.Only a strong and courageous man and a determined woman can win over the forces gathered to destroy them. They must navigate through this alien world and forge a new life together. Can they succeed?

The Woman Jesus Loved

The Woman Jesus Loved
Author: Antti Marjanen
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9789004439696
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Release: 2020-10-26
Editor: BRILL
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book is the first comprehensive study on the picture and use of the figure of Mary Magdalene in those second and third century Coptic and Greek Gnostic texts in which Jesus' most famous female follower gains a prominent position.

The Secret Book of John

The Secret Book of John
Author: Stevan L. Davies
Pages: 166
ISBN: 9781594730825
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Release: 2005
Editor: SkyLight Paths Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

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

The Word of Gnosis

The Word of Gnosis
Author: Tait Zinszer
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781469126210
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Release: 2012-05-16
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Mysterious, thought-provoking, and intriguing, The Word of Gnosis: A Light in the Darkness of Universal Forgetfulness is Tait Zinszer's new book that compiles excerpts from various ancient manuscripts that were the foundation of much of the biblical creation and flood stories. His intentions are to write into history the truth that the gods of the ancient world once walked among man; and that the cities they built, can still be explored today. He also cross references several of these manuscripts to show the reader that the flood of Noah and the Hebrew exodus from Egypt may have been caused by a cosmic nemesis that roams our galaxy called the Destroyer the biblical Wormwood. His book primarily targets anyone interested in acquiring deeper knowledge of the Divine, as well as self-knowledge, and challenges the reader to embrace the ancient myths of the gods as historical fact! The Word of Gnosis gives the reader a lot to reflect upon long after they have turned its last pages.

MORMONISM THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS AND THE NAG HAMMADI TEXTS

MORMONISM  THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS  AND THE NAG HAMMADI TEXTS
Author: Eugene Seaich
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9781300213284
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Release: 2012-09
Editor: Lulu.com
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Just how do ancient documents discovered in the Middles East in the mid-twentieth century relate to Latter-day Saint beliefs? In this intriguing discussion, Latter-day Saint scholar Eugene Seaich answers that question and many others as he explores the fascinating connections among the Dead Sea scrolls, the Nag Hammadi texts, and the teachings of Mormonism. He shows us conclusively that those connections do indeed exist and that they support the mission and message of Joseph Smith. The very doctrines revealed by Joseph Smith to a startled world a hundred and fifty years ago have begun to reappear in the writings of the early Jews and Christians.

The Facsimile Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices

The Facsimile Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices
Author: James M. Robinson
Pages: 133
ISBN: 9789004073081
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Release: 1984
Editor: BRILL
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Gnosticism

Gnosticism
Author: Stephan A Hoeller
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780835630139
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Release: 2012-12-13
Editor: Quest Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Gnosticism developed alongside Judeo-Christianity over two thousand years ago, but with an important difference: It emphasizes, not faith, but direct perception of God--Gnosticism being derived from the Greek word gnosis, meaning "knowledge." Given the controversial premise that one can know God directly, the history of Gnosticism is an unfolding drama of passion, political intrigue, martyrdom, and mystery. Dr. Hoeller traces this fascinating story throughout time and shows how Gnosticism has inspired such great thinkers as Voltaire, Blake, Yeats, Hesse, Melville, and Jung.

The Apocryphal Gospels

The Apocryphal Gospels
Author: Bart Ehrman,Zlatko Plese
Pages: 624
ISBN: 9780199831289
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Release: 2011-07-21
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bart Ehrman--the New York Times bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus and a recognized authority on the early Christian Church--and Zlatko Plese here offer a groundbreaking, multi-lingual edition of the Apocryphal Gospels, one that breathes new life into the non-canonical texts that were once nearly lost to history. In The Apocryphal Gospels, Ehrman and Plese present a rare compilation of over 40 ancient gospel texts and textual fragments that do not appear in the New Testament. This essential collection contains Gospels describing Jesus's infancy, ministry, Passion, and resurrection, as well as the most controversial manuscript discoveries of modern times, including the most significant Gospel discovered in the 20th century--the Gospel of Thomas--and the most recently discovered Gospel, the Gospel of Judas Iscariot. For the first time ever, these sacred manuscripts are featured in the original Greek, Latin, and Coptic languages, accompanied by fresh English translations that appear next to the original texts, allowing for easy line by line comparison. Also, each translation begins with a thoughtful examination of key historical, literary, and textual issues that places each Gospel in its proper context. The end result is a resource that enables anyone interested in Christianity or the early Church to understand--better than ever before--the deeper meanings of these apocryphal Gospels. The Apocryphal Gospels is much more than an annotated guide to the Gospels. Through its authoritative use of both native text and engaging, accurate translations, it provides an unprecedented look at early Christianity and the New Testament. This is an indispensable volume for any reader interested in church history, antiquity, ancient languages, or the Christian faith.

Lost Scriptures

Lost Scriptures
Author: Bart D. Ehrman
Pages: 342
ISBN: 9780195182507
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Release: 2005-09-15
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A companion volume to Lost Christianities, this remarkable anthology of long-lost Christian writings that were never included in the New Testaments includes fifteen additional gospels, thirteen epistles, five non-canonical Acts of the Apostles, Apocalypes and Secret Books, and brief introductions to each. History Dual Main. (Scripture)

The Secret Revelation of John

The Secret Revelation of John
Author: Karen L KING
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780674039605
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Release: 2009-06-30
Editor: Harvard University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Karen L. King offers an illuminating reading of this ancient text, said to be Christ's revelation to his disciple John. In her analysis, the Revelation becomes a comprehensible religious vision--and a window on the religious culture of the Roman Empire. A translation of the complete Secret Revelation of John is included.