The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from FictionThe Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from Fiction
Stanley E. Porter, Gordon L. Heath
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Was Judas a villain or a hero? The discovery of the gospel of Judas shows that some ancient sects espoused views contrary to orthodox Christianity. Porter and Heath sort through the varieties of evidence, elucidate Gnostic tenets, and rebut superficial modernist assumptions. 130 pages, softcover. Eerdmans.
     

 
Gnosis: Nature and HistoryGnosis: Nature and History
Kurt Rudolph
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Kurt Rudolph is the world's leading expert on the only branch of Gnosticism that has survived down to the present. He also is the scholar who has the most authoritative overview of the whole Gnostic phenomenon...his popular survey of Gnosticism does for the next generation what Hans Jonas's Gnostic Relligion did for the generation just past: present a readable and appealing introduction to what otherwise might seem an inaccessible religion of late antiquity.
     

 
Gnostic ScripturesGnostic Scriptures
Bentley Layton(Translator)

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The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic TextsThe Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts
Marvin Meyer, James M. Robinson
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One of the great archaeological finds of the 20th century! These 13 codices written in Coptic give us primary sources---rather than polemical attacks---on the Gnostics of late antiquity. This outstanding translation was performed by a worldwide team of scholars. Features introductory essays, notes, tables, a glossary, and an index. 864 pages, softcover. HarperOne.
     

 
The Gnostic Discoveries: The Impact of the Nag Hammadi LibraryThe Gnostic Discoveries: The Impact of the Nag Hammadi Library
Marvin Meyer
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The most stunning archaeological find of the twentieth century was the astounding discovery in December 1945 of a large storage jar filled with ancient papyrus manuscripts. Painstakingly restored and translated, these fragments came to be known collectively as the Nag Hammadi library. Through them we glimpse what some scholars are calling an alternative perspective on Jesus and many of his earliest followers, including the influence of Gnosticism on their beliefs.

Meyer provides an overview of all the texts and their contents, grouping the codices by their respective genres, schools of thought, or attributed author, and discussing their meaning and significance for us today. He also provides an appendix that for the first time offers a quick survey of all the texts of the Nag Hammadi library and the Berlin Gnostic Codex, summarizing the contents of each of the texts and offering select quotations to illustrate their character and style.


     


 

The Gnostic GospelsThe Gnostic Gospels
Elaine Pagels
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In 1945 an Egyptian peasant unearthed what proved to be the Gnostic Gospels, the sacred books of one of the earliest Christian sects. This landmark study, a winner of both the National book Award and the National book Critics Circle Award, draws on those texts to illuminate the world of the first Christians and to examine the different ways in which both Gnostics and the orthodox constructed God, Christ, and the Church. Did Jesus literally rise from the dead? Was there only one God, and could He be both Father and Mother? Whose version of Christianity came down to us and why did it prevail? Brilliant, provacative, and stunning in its implications, The Gnostic Gospels is a radical yet accessible reconsideration of the origins of the Christian faith.
     

Gnosis: Nature and HistoryGnosis: Nature and History
Kurt Rudolph
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Kurt Rudolph is the world's leading expert on the only branch of Gnosticism that has survived down to the present. He also is the scholar who has the most authoritative overview of the whole Gnostic phenomenon...his popular survey of Gnosticism does for the next generation what Hans Jonas's Gnostic Relligion did for the generation just past: present a readable and appealing introduction to what otherwise might seem an inaccessible religion of late antiquity.
     

Gnosticism and the New TestamentGnosticism and the New Testament
Pheme Perkins

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The gnostic writings found at Nag Hammadi have stimulated much controversy about the relationship between early Christians and the diverse religious movement of the first three centuries. Perkins fills the New Testament student's need for a guide to recent developments in scholarshwith a helpful survey that addresses the origins of Gnosticits relationship to Judaism, Redeemer myths and New Testament hymns, and other relevant topics.
     

 

The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic GospelsThe Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels
Marvin Meyer
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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.
     


The Early Kabbalah (Classics of Western Spirituality)The Early Kabbalah (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Joseph Dan, ed. & trans.
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In the late twelfth century, at the height of the Middle Ages that saw the flowering of the mystical element in Christendom, the Rabbinic Judaism of southern Europe was transformed by the eruption of new, Gnostic attitudes and symbolism. This new movement, known as Kabbalah (literally the "Tradition"), was characterize by the symbol of the ten sefirot. By means of the sefirotic imagery, virtually the whole of everyday life was linked to the cosmic dimension in a novel and highly original fashion that stressed the dynamic, evolutionary element of the Godhead and the synergistic relationship between the human will and the action of God on earth. During a century of creativity, a detailed system of symbols and concepts was created by the author of the Sefer ha-Bahir, the Kabbalists of Provence, the lyyun circle, and the mystics of Provence and Castile that set the stage for the great Kabbalists of the Zohar generation.
     

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