The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels
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In December 1945, two Egyptian workers unearthed a sealed storage jar containing a collection of some fifty-two ancient manuscripts, most of which reflect the teachings of a mystical religious movement called Gnosticism (from the Greek word gnosis, "knowledge"). This collection of ancient gnostic writings, now known as the Nag Hammadi library, continues to spark intrigue and debate amidst scholars and laypeople alike, as they not only illuminate and offer an increasingly clear perception of the Gnostic movement, but also introduce questions and concerns regarding the history and development of the early Christian church.

In The Secret Teachings of Jesus, Marvin Meyer, a scholar of Coptic and gnostic studies, offers a fresh translation of four Coptic (late Egyptian) texts from the Nag Hammadi library—the Secret Book of James, the Gospel of Thomas, the Book of Thomas, and the Secret Book of John. Meyer's principal goal is to forward a lively translation that is accessible to the general reader. For scholars or interested lay readers seeking to understand more about these ancient gnostic texts, Gnosticism, or the various views of gnostic teachings outside of the early church and orthodox Christianity, Meyer's text serves as an intriguing source of study.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 129
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1986
Dimensions: 8.02 X 5.21 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0394744330
ISBN-13: 9780394744339

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Marvin Meyer, Ph.D., is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University, Orange, California, and is one of the foremost scholars of Coptic and gnostic studies at work today. He is Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, a fellow of the Jesus Seminar, and a Pacific Coast regional past president of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is the author of numerous books, including Ancient Christian Magic, The Gospel of Thomas, Secret Gospels, Jesus Then and Now, The Magical Book of Mary and the Angels, and The Ancient Mysteries. Dr. Meyer appears frequently in documentary television programs for ABC, BBC, A&E, and the History Channel.

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  1. seeker
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    Gnostics were in conflict with Christian doctrine
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    seeker
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    If the title of this book is correct (Gnostic), these cannot be "Gospels" (the Good News of Christ for us). The Gnostics did not believe that the earthly Christ was both truly God and truly man. The Gnostics were in conflict with Christian beliefs and doctrine.

    The other reviewer got lots of thumbs-down for her review, but I'm not even sure why CBD would be offering a Gnostic book for purchase, assuming the title is correct. Read it if you want, but be aware of what you are reading if you do.

    I'll stick with the word of God, the Bible.
  2. Jane Gifford
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    May 23, 2003
    Jane Gifford
    No true follower of the Lord Jesus Christ should ever read or have anything to do with this book or the "Gospels" it claims to study. "Jesus said to them; I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Me" That verse found in the Gospel of John is truth. These writings (The secret teachings of Jesus) are in direct opposition to this. Stick with the Bible.
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