9781906787332

The Essential Gnostic Gospels Including the Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Thomas & the Gospel of Mary

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  • ISBN13:

    9781906787332

  • ISBN10:

    1906787336

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-08-04
  • Publisher: Watkins
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Summary

The Gnostics were early Christians whose beliefs and practices put them at odds with the orthodox Church; indeed, the Church considered Gnostics to be heretics and made a concerted effort to destroy their writings. However, in 1945, a remarkable discovery was made in Nag Hamadi, in the Egyptian desert: a jar containing 13 papyrus documents, dating back to the fourth century ad, with genuine Gnostic texts in the original Greek. In addition, this manuscript included four gospels that offered accounts of Jesus and His times that are strikingly different from the New Testament. Alan Jacobs brings his unrivalled scholarship to bear on these illuminating and eye-opening works, offering inspiring and poetic translations that capture the verses' uplifting spiritual message and beauty.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Fable of the Pearlp. 15
The Gospel of Thomasp. 20
The Gospel of Mary Magdalenep. 39
Melchizedekp. 45
The Gospel of Philipp. 51
Poimandresp. 82
The Apocalypse of Great Powerp. 95
The Sophia of Jesus Christp. 105
Human Sufferingp. 120
The Gospel of Truthp. 122
The Greatest Human Evil is Forgetfulness of Godp. 146
The Secret Book According to St John I, II & IIIp. 149
Thunderp. 155
The Cosmic Dramap. 160
Letter to Florap. 216
Peter and the Pearl Sellerp. 225
James's Hidden Bookp. 235
The Sextus Proverbsp. 249
Allogenesp. 259
Thomas the Contenderp. 265
A Prayer of Saint Paulp. 278
The Resurrectionp. 280
The Vision of Godp. 287
The Gospel of Judasp. 289
Further Readingp. 309
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