Essential Gnostic Scriptures: Texts of Luminous Wisdom from the Ancient and Medieval Worlds?Including the Gospels of Thomas, Judas, and Mary Magdalene

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9781590309254
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3 units
Binding:
Paperback
Publication Date:
2011-11-22
Release Date:
2011-11-22
Author:
Marvin Meyer;Willis Barnstone
Language:
english
Edition:
Reprint

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The people weve come to call gnostics were passionate advocates of the view that salvation comes through knowledge and personal experience, and their passion shines through in the remarkable body of writings they produced over a period of more than a millennium and a half. Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer have created a translation that brings the gnostic voices to us from across the centuries with remarkable power and beautybeginning with texts from the earliest years of Christianityincluding material from the Nag Hammadi libraryand continuing all the way up to expressions of gnostic wisdom found within Islam and in the Cathar movement of the Middle Ages. The twenty-one texts included here serve as a compact introduction to Gnosticism and its principal ideasand they also provide an entre to the pleasures of gnostic literature in general, representing, as they do, the greatest masterpieces of that tradition.

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