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The Nag Hammadi Scriptures

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures
The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts Complete in One Volume

by Marvin W. Meyer,James M. Robinson

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2010-09-14
  • Pages : 864
  • ISBN : 9780062046369
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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 Scriptures

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures
A Book

by Wolf-Peter Funk,Berliner Arbeitskreis für Koptisch-Gnostische Schriften,Coptic Gnostic Library Project

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 844
  • ISBN : 9780739492451
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Nag Hammadi Library

The Nag Hammadi Library
The History and Legacy of the Ancient Gnostic Texts Rediscovered in the 20th Century

by Charles River Charles River Editors

  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release : 2017-11-28
  • Pages : 62
  • ISBN : 9781981226368
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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*Includes excerpts from the texts *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading Many people interested in biblical themes know about the Dead Sea Scrolls and their guardians, the mysterious Essenes, the sect of Judaism that hid its priceless library in caves before marching against the Romans in an end-time war, certain that God would intervene at the decisive moment. The ancient texts found in their rock cabinets have produced tons of literature. Fewer people know about an equally fascinating finding in the same region of the planet, made only a few months apart: a collection of hitherto unknown Christian codices, buried in the 4th century AD, and found accidentally by peasants near the city of Nag Hammadi, Upper Egypt. Among the old codices was The Gospel of Thomas, lost for sixteen centuries, and other unfamiliar titles such as The Gospel of Philip and the Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles. In this case it was not Essenes who had entrusted them to the protection of the caves and the centuries, but monks who followed a now forgotten variant of Christianity called Gnosticism. The Gnostics were mystics who had no real use or hope for the world. Their writings became forbidden when the Church defined the canon of the books authorized to be read in the congregation. For some reason, instead of burning them, the monks of Nag Hammadi decided to entrust them to posterity, perhaps waiting for better times. The library of Nag Hammadi, Egypt is as significant in the study of early Christianity as the writings of the Essenes to the understanding of Judaism during the time of the Roman occupation. Considering the history of religions, they were composed at the opposite sides of that watershed that was the 1st century CE, which witnessed the birth of Christianity and the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem. The Dead Sea Scrolls belonged to a community that lived before the traumatic destruction of Holy City and its temple at the hands of the Romans. The library of Nag Hammadi was produced and buried by a group of Christians whose ancestors had left their place of origin many years before. Although all the titles of the Nag Hammadi library are not known, many people have heard about its most famous components: The Gospel of Thomas -at one time it was discussed whether it should be included in the New Testament- and The Gospel of Philip, which tried to revive the debate around the identity of Mary Magdalene: "Why do you love her more than all of us?" asks a disconcerted Peter to Jesus. Finally, the Nag Hammadi texts have led many scholars to reconsider the rigid canons imposed by the early Church, and the readers to find a more intimate religion that turned upside down many postulates of Christian orthodoxy. Along with the history of their discovery in 1945, the analysis of the main texts that form this collection, the exposition of their most important beliefs, and the reasons for their suppression in the 4th century CE, you will learn about the unknown gospels and the Gnostic texts of Nag Hammadi like never before.

The Gnostic Discoveries

The Gnostic Discoveries
The Impact of the Nag Hammadi Library

by Marvin W. Meyer

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2009-07-21
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0061963402
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism, and Early Christianity

Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism, and Early Christianity
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by Charles W. Hedrick,Robert Hodgson

  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Release : 2005-10-17
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN : 1597524026
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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[This] book acquaints the beginner with the topic of gnosticism and early Christianity and presents to the specialist some of the new frontiers their colleagues are exploring. For the beginner there is a concise introduction to gnosticism. It covers the issues of origin, literature, leading ideas, and possible links with early Christianity. Each contributor has prepared a preface to his or her paper that points to its salient features and explains how the essay fits into the overall subject of the book. --from the Preface

The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus

The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus
The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels and Secret Books about Jesus of Nazareth

by Marvin W. Meyer

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2009-09-15
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 0061965936
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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For all those readers curious to read the actual texts of the Gnostic Gospels, here is the definitive collection of all the Gnostic Gospels and Gospel–like texts. o Marvin Meyer, premier scholar of Gnostic and other Christian literature outside the New Testament, presents every Gnostic Gospel and Jesus text with a brilliant overall introduction, introductions to each text, and notes that explain everything the reader needs to know to understand the text. He includes his latest translations of not only the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Gospel of Mary, but other texts such as the Secret Book of John, which some scholars regard as the second part of the New Testament Gospel of John. The material is largely from the discovery at Nag Hammadi, freshly translated and introduced, but also includes texts found elsewhere. The texts, especially taken together, present an image of Jesus as the ultimate wisdom teacher, a kind of mysterious Jewish Zen master, who scandalized listeners by his radical egalitarianism (regarding women, slaves, the poor, the marginalized as of equal status, or more, with establishment male believers) and his insistence on living the message, spiritual experience, vs. outer observance only. o For those wanting to learn more after reading The Da Vinci Code. This book provides the definitive next book for those looking for expert presentation of the alternative Gnostic stream of Christianity, in which there is no talk of crucifixion and Mary Magdalene is presented as the disciple that Jesus loved best. "Marv is one of the original secret gospels scholars who has done an enormous amount of work to bring these texts to light. All of his research on the Nag Hammadi texts is having an incredible impact on our knowledge of early Christian history––it is virtually redefining it." ––Dr. Elaine Pagels, Princeton University

The Facsimile Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices

The Facsimile Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices
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by James M. Robinson

  • Publisher : Brill Archive
  • Release : 1984
  • Pages : 133
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The collection of thirteen codices found in upper Egypt near Nag Hammadi in 1946 is one of the major archaeological discoveries of our time. Apparently the library of a Gnostic community in late antiquity, the codices are a repository of important spiritual materials from throughout the ancient world. Hence a thorough analysis of this new material is indispensable for any proper understanding of the history of religions in this period. The rich documentation which the codices add to early Coptic text material promises to raise to a new precision the historical analysis of that language.|This edition presents collotype reproductions in natural size of all folios of the thirteen codices as well as reproductions of the covers and photographs previously taken of fragments that are now lost.

˜Theœ Nag Hammadi Gospels and the Fourfold Gospel

˜Theœ Nag Hammadi Gospels and the Fourfold Gospel
A Book

by James A. Robinson

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2004
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Nag Hammadi Codices Iii, 2 and Iv,2

Nag Hammadi Codices Iii, 2 and Iv,2
The Gospel of the Egyptians - The Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit

by Alexander Böhlig,Frederik Wisse,Pahor Labib

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 1975
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN : 9789004042261
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Nag Hammadi and the Gospel Tradition

Nag Hammadi and the Gospel Tradition
Synoptic Tradition in the Nag Hammadi Library

by Christopher Mark Tuckett

  • Publisher : Burns & Oates
  • Release : 1986
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Biblical Interpretation in the Gnostic Gospel of Truth from Nag Hammadi

Biblical Interpretation in the Gnostic Gospel of Truth from Nag Hammadi
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by Jacqueline Ann Williams

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1988
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Nag Hammadi Library in English

The Nag Hammadi Library in English
A Book

by James James McConkey Robinson,Richard Smith,Coptic Gnostic Library Project

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 1996-01-01
  • Pages : 549
  • ISBN : 9789004088566
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels
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by J. Michael Matkin

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2005-09-06
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1440696519
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The birth of the Christian Church, and what it means for modern religion and philosophy. This engaging guide presents an accessible overview of the birth of the Christian church, using the historical works found at the famous Nag Hammadi site in Egypt. With chapters discussing each of the major and minor documents found at Nag Hammadi, this volume also includes an overview of Gnosticism and the major players, revealing not only what the texts say, but also what they mean. -Renewed interest in Gnosticism and the Gnostic gospels is driven by interest in the Nag Hammadi documents, The DaVinci Code, the Matrix movies, the Kabbalah, renewed interest in the divine feminine ideal, and the fact that many who've left the Church are looking for new answers in the early church -Author is a scholar and expert who's studied with some of the top people in the field

The Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels
A Book

by Elaine Pagels

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2013-07-25
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 1780226705
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As discussed in The Da Vinci Code... Long buried and suppressed, the Gnostic Gospels contain the secret writings attributed to the followers of Jesus. In 1945 fifty-two papyrus texts, including gospels and other secret documents, were found concealed in an earthenware jar buried in the Egyptian desert. These so-called Gnostic writings were Coptic translations from the original Greek dating from the time of the New Testament. The material they embodied - poems, quasi-philosophical descriptions of the origins of the universe, myths, magic and instructions for mystic practice - were later declared heretical, as they offered a powerful alternative to the Orthodox Christian tradition. In a book that is as exciting as it is scholarly, Elaine Pagels examines these texts and the questions they pose and shows why Gnosticism was eventually stamped out by the increasingly organised and institutionalised Orthodox Church.

The Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels
The Sacred Writings of the Nag Hammadi Library, the Berlin Gnostic Codex and Codex Tchacos

by Coptic Gnostic Library Project,Berliner Arbeitskreis für Koptisch-Gnostische Schriften,Folio Society (London, England)

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 724
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A comprehensive English translation of the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, a group of ancient manuscripts uncovered in 1945 that are the basis of the mystical tradition called Gnosticism.

Nag Hammadi codex II, 2 - 7. 1. Gospel according to Thomas, gospel according to Philip, hypostasis of the archons, and indexes

Nag Hammadi codex II, 2 - 7. 1. Gospel according to Thomas, gospel according to Philip, hypostasis of the archons, and indexes
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by Bentley Layton

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 1989
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9789004081314
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Nag Hammadi Bibliography

Nag Hammadi Bibliography
1995 - 2006

by David M. Scholer

  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 9004172408
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the third volume of the immensely useful "Nag Hammadi Bibliography," the first volume of which covered 1948a "1969 and was the first publication in the Nag Hammadi Studies series. The second volume covered 1970a "1994. This third volume provides a complete integration of Supplements II/1a "II/8 to the Bibliography as published in "Novum Testamentum" 1998a "2008, with additions and corrections. This latest update contains 3,063 entries, with the set of three volumes containing 11,580 entries. Nag Hammadi and Gnostic studies continue to be of critical importance for the study of ancient religions in the Graeco-Roman world and for the study of the world of early Christianity, and the present bibliography provides an indispensable reference tool for work in these fields.

The Gospel of Thomas

The Gospel of Thomas
The Hidden Sayings of Jesus

by Marvin W. Meyer

  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release : 2009-09-15
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN : 0061965944
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A fresh, authoritative English translation, with an informative introduction, fascinating explanatory notes, and the Coptic text, with interpretation by Harold Bloom, our pre–eminent literary critic.

Jung and the Lost Gospels

Jung and the Lost Gospels
Insights Into the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library

by Stephan A. Hoeller

  • Publisher : Quest Books
  • Release : 1989
  • Pages : 268
  • ISBN : 9780835606462
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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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 goat herder 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. As to the connection with Jung, Dr. Hoeller states, Jung knew that the one and only tradition associated with Christianity that regarded the human psyche as the container of the divine-human encounter was that of the Gnostics of the the first three centuries of our era. For this reason he called for a renewed appreciation of this ancient tradition, and particularly for a return to the Gnostic sense of God as an inner directing and transforming presence. Dr. Hoeller goes on in his preface, His sympathetic insight into the myths, symbols, and metaphors of the Gnostics, whom by his own admission he regarded as long-lost friends, continues as the brightest beacon of our day... Chapters include such topics as Saintly Rebels: The People of the Scrolls, The Dancing Savior: The Myth of the Gnostic Christ and The Secret Sayings of Jesus: The Gospel of Thomas. The book also includes a thorough notes section as well as an index.

The Gospel of Thomas

The Gospel of Thomas
A Book

by Stevan L. Davies,Andrew Harvey

  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Release : 2004
  • Pages : 118
  • ISBN : 1590301862
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This scripture, which dates from the time of the four canonical Gospels, was discovered with the trove of ancient manuscripts at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945, and has become a modern classic. It is a collection of the sayings of Jesus without the biographical narrative or miracle stories of the New Testament Gospels. Many scholars believe it to represent Jesus's teaching in its purest form. Stevan Davies' translation is accompanied by his extensive, highly readable annotation, which illuminates the text and the details of its historical context.