By Willis Barnstone, Marvin Meyer

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Gnosticism used to be a wide-ranging non secular circulate of the 1st millennium CE—with prior antecedents and later flourishings—whose adherents sought salvation via wisdom and private spiritual event. Gnostic writings supply outstanding views on either early Christian and non-Christian idea. for instance, a few gnostic texts recommend that god might be celebrated as either mom and dad, and that self-knowledge is the superb route to the divine. simply long ago fifty years has it develop into transparent how a long way the gnostic effect unfold in historical and medieval religions—and what a wonderful physique of scriptures it produced. this can be the 1st time that this kind of wealthy and various number of gnostic texts were introduced jointly in one quantity, in translations that let the spirit of the unique texts to polish. the decisions amassed right here, in poetic, readable translation, signify Jewish, Christian, airtight, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar expressions of gnostic spirituality. Their areas of starting place comprise Egypt, the Greco-Roman global, the center East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. additionally integrated are introductions, notes, an in depth word list, and a wealth of feedback for additional reading.

Contents:
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
GNOSTICISM, GNOSTICS, AND THE GNOSTIC • Marvin Meyer
LETTING within the gentle: TRANSLATING HOL Y TEXTS • Willis Barnstone

PART ONE
Early knowledge Gospels
INTRODUCTION • Marvin Meyer
1. The Gospel of Thomas
2. The Gospel of John

PART TWO
Literature of Gnostic Wisdom

INTRODUCTION • Marvin Meyer
3. The ebook of Baruch • Justin

SETHIAN LITERATURE
4. the key ebook of John
5. the truth of the Rulers
6. The Revelation of Adam
7. 3 types of First Thought
8. the 3 Steles of Seth
9. The imaginative and prescient of the Foreigner
10. The Sermon of Zostrianos
11. The Baptismal rite of the Gospel of the Egyptians
12. Thunder
13. The Letter of Peter to Philip

VALENTINIAN LITERA TURE
14. The Gospel of Truth
15. The Gospel of Philip
16. The Letter to vegetation • Ptolemy
17. statement at the Gospel of John • Herakleon
18. The Treatise on Resurrection
19. The Prayer of the Messenger Paul
20. Valentinian Liturgical Readings
21. the key booklet of James
22. The around Dance of the Cross

THOMAS AND different SYRIAN LITERA TURE
23. The Songs of Solomon
24. The music of the Pearl
25. The booklet of Thomas

ADDITIONAL LITERATURE OF GNOSTIC WISDOM
26. The Exegesis at the Soul
27. at the starting place of the World
28. The Paraphrase of Shem
29. the second one Treatise of the good Seth
30. The Gospel of Mary
31. The Naassene Sermon

PART THREE
Hermetic Literature
INTRODUCTION • Willis Barnstone
32. Poimandres
33. The Discourse at the 8th and Ninth
34. The Prayer of Thanksgiving

PART 4
Mandaean Literature
INTRODUCTION • Nathaniel Deutsch
35. The Ginza
36. Hibil's Lament from the publication of John
37. Songs from the Mandaean Liturgy

PART FIVE
Manichaean Literature
INTRODUCTION • Paul Mirecki
38. at the beginning of His Body
39. the tale of the demise of Mani
40. Kephalaia
41. The Coptic Manichaean Songbook
42. Parthian Songs
43. the nice tune to Mani

PART SIX
Islamic Mystical Literature
INTRODUCTION • Marvin Meyer
44. the mummy of Books

PART SEVEN
Cathar Literature
INTRODUCTION • Willis Barnstone
45. The Gospel of the key Supper
46. The e-book of the 2 Principles
47. A Nun's Sermon

EPILOGUE: historic MEDITATION at the internal gentle OF GNOSIS • Willis Barnstone

GLOSSARY

BIBLIOGRAPHY
FURTHER READING
SOURCES CITED
INDEX OF right NAMES

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Since it is not strong it will be pulled up by the root and perish. (41) Yeshua said, Whoever has something in hand will be given more and whoever has nothing will be deprived of the paltry things possessed. 34 (43) His students said to him, Who are you to say these things to us? 34. Or, "Be wanderers," or, much less likely, "Come into being as you pass away" (Coptic shope etetenerparage). A parallel to this saying appears in an inscription from a mosque at Fatehpur Sikri, India: "Jesus said, 'This world is a bridge.

On the saying in general, see Jackson, The Lion Becomes Man. EARLY W I S D O M GOSPELS 47 And others fell on good soil and it brought forth a good crop, yielding sixty per measure and one hundred twenty per measure. (10) Yeshuasaid, I have thrown fire upon the world, and look, I am watching till it blazes. (n) Yeshua said, This heaven will pass away and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead you made it alive.

5 That is his victory, that is his reign, that is the kingdom. Jesus was convinced that the kingdom of god would come soon, but he was wrong, Schweitzer claimed—heroically wrong, yet dead wrong. Today many scholars are questioning whether Schweitzer and others were right in proposing that Jesus was first and foremost an apocalyptic figure. Schweitzer himself seems to have had second thoughts about Jesus as an apocalypticist. During much of his life Schweitzer focused his attention upon the sayings of Jesus—sayings of the Jewish sage—and in a later version of the preface to The Quest of the Historical Jesus Schweitzer suggests that Jesus' ethical teachings may be more central to his message than the apocalyptic vision.

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