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The Gnostic Bible (2003)

by Willis Barnstone

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A contemporary translation of a selection Gnostic texts, including many from the Nag Hammadi Library. Includes helpful, up-to-date introductory essays. A valuable collection of texts from the spectrum of ancient and medieval Gnosticism.

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Publisher's description: Gnosticism was a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE--with earlier antecedents and later flourishings--whose adherents sought salvation through knowledge and personal religious experience. Gnostic writings offer striking perspectives on both early Christian and non-Christian thought. For example, some gnostic texts suggest that god should be celebrated as both mother and father, and the self-knowledge is the supreme path to. the divine. Only in the past fifty years has it become clear how far the gnostic influence spread in ancient and medieval religionsb7sand what a marvelous body of scriptures it produced. This is the first time that such a rich and diverse collection of gnostic texts have been brought together in a single volume, in translations that allow the spirit of the original texts to shine. The selections gathered here, in poetic, readable translation, represent Jewish, Christian, Hermetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar expressions of gnostic spirituality. Their regions of origin include Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. Also included are introductions, notes, an extensive glossary, and a wealth of suggestions for further reading.… (more)

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