Titles About Gnosticism
Gnosticism developed alongside Judeo-Christianity over two thousand years ago, but with an important difference: It emphasizes, not faith, but direct perception of God — Gnosticism being derived from the Greek word gnosis, meaning “knowledge”. Given the controversial premise that one can know God directly, the history of Gnosticism is an unfolding drama of passion, political intrigue, martyrdom, and mystery. This title traces the fascinating story throughout time and shows how Gnosticism has inspired such great thinkers as Voltaire, Blake, Yeats, Hesse, Melville, and Jung.
The Most Complete, Up-To-Date, One-Volume, English-Language Edition Of The Renowned Library Of Gnostic Manuscripts Discovered In Egypt In 1945, Which Rival The Dead Sea Scrolls 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 dead came back from Jerusalem, where they did not find what they were seeking.” So begins the short esoteric treatise “The Seven Sermons to the Dead” by the late C.G. Jung, reproduced here with an introduction and extensive commentary and analysis. Who are the dead? They are really the living dead, the spiritually dead — those who are ignorant of “the knowledge of the heart”, or Gnosis. Why do they return from Jerusalem? Because it is the symbolic home of the dogmatism and “dead creeds” which have blinded men to their own true nature. This title serves as an introduction to both Gnosticism and Jungian psychology, based on a little known treatise he authored in his earlier years.
Gnosticism was a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE 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 that 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 religions and what a marvelous body of scriptures it produced. The selections gathered here, 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.
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