The Gnostic Bible

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Paperback, New Seeds, 2008, ISBN13 9781590306314, ISBN10 1590306317

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Gnosticism was a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CEwith earlier antecedents and later flourishingswhose 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 religionsand what a marvelous body of scriptures it produced.

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.

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Contributed by: Barnstone, Willis
Contributed by: Meyer, Marvin
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publish Date: Jun 30, 2009
ISBN-13: 9781590306314
ISBN-10: 1590306317
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 896
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 9.2 x 6.1 x 2.0
Walmart No.: 9781590306314
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