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Birger A. Pearson is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a leading expert on Gnosticism. His previous books include The Roots of Egyptian Christianity, Gnosticism, Judaism, and Egyptian Christianity, and Gnosticism and Christianity in Roman and Coptic Egypt. He is the translator of Nag Hammadi Codices IX and X and (with Frederik Wisse) of Nag Hammadi Codex VII.
|Title: Ancient Gnosticism: Traditions and Literature|
By: Birger A. Pearson
Number of Pages: 362
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 3 ounces
Stock No: WW632583
Even as public interest is attracted to this esoteric religion, Escholars have debated its origins, its relationship to Judaismand Christianity, and even whether one distinctive and separateGnostic "religion" ever existed. Birger Pearson's expert andaccessible introduction brings the reader into the debate.Directly addressing the nettling questions of origins anddefinition, Pearson situates the advent of Gnosticism within theGreco-Roman religious world and critically appraises the sources.With illustrations, maps, timeline, and bibliography, Pearson'svolume facilitates the pursuit of gnosis, at least historically, bygeneral readers, students and scholars alike.
Birger A. Pearson is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and editor of The Roots of Egyptian Christianity (Fortress Press, 1986, with James E. Goehring), and author of the forthcoming Ancient Gnosticism: Traditions and Literature (Fortress Press, 2007).
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