Introduction To Gnosticism

Download Introduction To Gnosticism ebook PDF or Read Online books in PDF, EPUB, and Mobi Format. Click Download or Read Online button to Introduction To Gnosticism book pdf for free now.

Introduction To Gnosticism

Author : Nicola Denzey Lewis
ISBN : 0199755310
Genre : Religion
File Size : 75.7 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 928
Read : 1003

Introduction to "Gnosticism": Ancient Voices, Christian Worlds is the first textbook on Gnosticism, guiding students through the most significant of the Nag Hammadi texts, grouping them by theme and genre, and revealing to the uninitiated their most inscrutable mysteries.
Category: Religion

Gnosis And Faith In Early Christianity

Author : Riemer Roukema
ISBN : STANFORD:36105028796113
Genre : Religion
File Size : 21.76 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 209
Read : 1019

This text provides an up-to-date introduction to Gnosticism as it relates to early Christianity. The author tries to make the reader familiar with the themes and ingredients of Gnosticism without going directly into where they come from.' Part 1 provides general orientation. Part 2 explores the religious and philosophical background. Part 3 contains a more detailed discussion of Gnosticism and Gnostics. Part 4 examines the relationship between 'Catholic' Christianity and Gnosticism
Category: Religion

Nag Hammadi Gnosticism And Early Christianity

Author : Charles W. Hedrick
ISBN : 9781597524025
Genre : Religion
File Size : 67.21 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 208
Read : 229

[This] book acquaints the beginner with the topic of gnosticism and early Christianity and presents to the specialist some of the new frontiers their colleagues are exploring. For the beginner there is a concise introduction to gnosticism. It covers the issues of origin, literature, leading ideas, and possible links with early Christianity. Each contributor has prepared a preface to his or her paper that points to its salient features and explains how the essay fits into the overall subject of the book. --from the Preface
Category: Religion

Gnosis

Author : Christoph Markschies
ISBN : 0567089444
Genre : Religion
File Size : 82.40 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 431
Read : 500

This introduction to Gnosis by Christoph Markschies combines great clarity with immense learning.In his Introduction Markschies defines the term Gnosis and its relationship to 'Gnosticism', indicating why Gnosis is preferable and sketches out the main problems. He then treats the sources, both those in the church fathers and heresiologists, and the more recent Nag Hammadi finds. He goes on to discuss early forms of 'Gnosis' in antiquity, Jewish and Christian (New Testament) and the early Gnostics; the main representatives of Gnosis, especially Valentinus and Marcion; Manichaeism as the culmination and end-point of Gnosis; ancient communities of 'Gnostics'; and finally 'Gnosis' in antiquity and the present.There is a useful chronological table and an excellent select bibliography.
Category: Religion

Heart Meditation An Introduction To Gnostic Heart Meditation

Author : Dr. Seyed M. Azmayesh
ISBN : 9780955811791
Genre :
File Size : 79.29 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 587
Read : 220

This book is an introduction to the ancient Gnostic science of Heart Meditation through the use of mystical rhythms. Over the last decades scientific research has established the benefits of meditation for our minds and bodily health. However, most of the research has been focused on the effect of meditation on the mind as traditional meditation techniques concentrate primarily on the mind and its relation to the body. However, Gnostics, for thousands of years, have focused their meditation techniques on the heart because they recognise the importance of the heart as a gateway for spiritual enlightenment; as well as the role it has in creating inner balance in our minds and improving our physical health. This booklet is an introductory guide to this technique which should be practiced under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
Category:

Backgrounds Of Early Christianity

Author : Everett Ferguson
ISBN : 0802822215
Genre : History
File Size : 65.2 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 278
Read : 419

New to this expanded & updated edition are revisions of Ferguson's original material, updated bibliographies, & a fresh dicussion of first century social life, the Dead Sea Scrolls & much else.
Category: History

The Secret Books Of The Egyptian Gnostics

Author : Jean Doresse
ISBN : 1567312276
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 55.19 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 977
Read : 540

"Jean Doresse's book was originally published in 1958 as the first authoritative description of the now famous cache of Egyptian Gnostic writings known as the Nag-Hammadi Library or, as Doresse calls it, the Chenoboskion Library. Despite the forty plus years since publication, a more readable and thorough introduction to the material is not to be found. Until the Nag-Hammadi discovery, the Gnostics were thought to be no more than a heretical splinter group of early Christianity with particularly bizarre cosmologies and licentious sexual practices. Hardly surprising given that most of what we knew about the various sects of Gnostics came from their rivals, the Christians. Doresse thoroughly reviews what was known of Gnosticism before these writings of theirs were unearthed. As one of the original discoverers of these texts, his first person account of their unearthing, acquisition, and identification is quite engaging. A physical description of the books then is given. Finally he launches into a discussion of the texts themselves, and what they reveal to us of Gnostic belief and practice"--Amazon.com.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Complete Idiot S Guide To The Gnostic Gospels

Author : J. Michael Matkin
ISBN : 9781440696510
Genre : Religion
File Size : 33.79 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 996
Read : 483

The birth of the Christian Church, and what it means for modern religion and philosophy. This engaging guide presents an accessible overview of the birth of the Christian church, using the historical works found at the famous Nag Hammadi site in Egypt. With chapters discussing each of the major and minor documents found at Nag Hammadi, this volume also includes an overview of Gnosticism and the major players, revealing not only what the texts say, but also what they mean. -Renewed interest in Gnosticism and the Gnostic gospels is driven by interest in the Nag Hammadi documents, The DaVinci Code, the Matrix movies, the Kabbalah, renewed interest in the divine feminine ideal, and the fact that many who've left the Church are looking for new answers in the early church -Author is a scholar and expert who's studied with some of the top people in the field
Category: Religion

Introduction To The New Testament

Author : Helmut Koester
ISBN : 3110149702
Genre : Religion
File Size : 38.50 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 127
Read : 317

This work has established itself as a classical text in the field of New Testament studies. Written in a readable, non-technical style, it has become an indispensable textbook and reference for teachers, students, clergy, and the educated layperson interested in a scholarly treatment of the New Testament and its background in the Judaic and Greco-Roman world.
Category: Religion

An Introduction To First Century Judaism

Author : Lester L. Grabbe
ISBN : 0567085066
Genre : Religion
File Size : 29.54 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 747
Read : 555

A comprehensive and readable introduction to the Judaism of the Second Temple period.
Category: Religion

Beyond Gnosticism

Author : Ismo O. Dunderberg
ISBN : 9780231512596
Genre : Religion
File Size : 61.12 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 750
Read : 592

Valentinus was a popular, influential, and controversial early Christian teacher. His school flourished in the second and third centuries C.E. Yet because his followers ascribed the creation of the visible world not to a supreme God but to an inferior and ignorant Creator-God, they were from early on accused of heresy, and rumors were spread of their immorality and sorcery. Beyond Gnosticism suggests that scholars approach Valentinians as an early Christian group rather than as a representative of ancient "Gnosticism"-a term notoriously difficult to define. The study shows that Valentinian myths of origin are filled with references to lifestyle (such as the control of emotions), the Christian community, and society, providing students with ethical instruction and new insights into their position in the world. While scholars have mapped the religio-historical and philosophical backgrounds of Valentinian myth, they have yet to address the significance of these mythmaking practices or emphasize the practical consequences of Valentinians' theological views. In this groundbreaking study, Ismo Dunderberg provides a comprehensive portrait of a group hounded by other Christians after Christianity gained a privileged position in the Roman Empire. Valentinians displayed a keen interest in mythmaking and the interpretation of myths, spinning complex tales about the origin of humans and the world. As this book argues, however, Valentinian Christians did not teach "myth for myth's sake." Rather, myth and practice were closely intertwined. After a brief introduction to the members of the school of Valentinus and the texts they left behind, Dunderberg focuses on Valentinus's interpretation of the biblical creation myth, in which the theologian affirmed humankind's original immortality as a present, not lost quality and placed a special emphasis on the "frank speech" afforded to Adam by the supreme God. Much like ancient philosophers, Valentinus believed that the divine Spirit sustained the entire cosmic chain and saw evil as originating from conspicuous "matter." Dunderberg then turns to other instances of Valentinian mythmaking dominated by ethical concerns. For example, the analysis and therapy of emotions occupy a prominent place in different versions of the myth of Wisdom's fall, proving that Valentinians, like other educated early Christians, saw Christ as the healer of emotions. Dunderberg also discusses the Tripartite Tractate, the most extensive account to date of Valentinian theology, and shows how Valentinians used cosmic myth to symbolize the persecution of the church in the Roman Empire and to create a separate Christian identity in opposition to the Greeks and the Jews.
Category: Religion

Paul And Pseudepigraphy

Author : Stanley E. Porter
ISBN : 9789004258471
Genre : Religion
File Size : 70.83 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 381
Read : 1258

In Paul and Pseudepigraphy, a group of scholars engage open questions in the study of the Apostle Paul and those documents often deemed pseudepigraphal, including canonical and non-canonical works.
Category: Religion

Gnosis

Author : Kurt Rudolph
ISBN : 0567086402
Genre : Religion
File Size : 83.7 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 202
Read : 1176

Translated by R. McL. WilsonA full-scale study based on the documents of the Coptic Gnostic library found at Nag Hammadi providing a comprehensive survey of the nature, the teachings, the history and the influence of this religion.
Category: Religion

Science Politics And Gnosticism

Author : Eric Voegelin
ISBN : 9781596983038
Genre : Religion
File Size : 63.88 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 202
Read : 254

Science, Politics and Gnosticism comprises two essays by Eric Voegelin (1901-85), arguably one of the most provocative and influential political philosophers of the last century. In these essays, Voegelin contends that certain modern movements, including positivism, Hegelianism, Marxism, and the "God is dead" school, are variants of the gnostic tradition he identified in his classic work The New Science of Politics. Voegelin attempts to resolve the intellectual confusion that has resulted from the dominance of gnostic thought by clarifying the distinction between political gnosticism and the philosophy of politics.
Category: Religion

Hidden Gospels

Author : Philip Jenkins
ISBN : 9780199923915
Genre : History
File Size : 45.59 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 667
Read : 1082

This incisive critique thoroughly and convincingly debunks the claims that recently discovered texts such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and even the Dead Sea Scrolls undermine the historical validity of the New Testament. Jenkins places the recent controversies surrounding the hidden gospels in a broad historical context and argues that, far from being revolutionary, such attempts to find an alternative Christianity date back at least to the Enlightenment. By employing the appropriate scholarly and historical methodologies, he demonstrates that the texts purported to represent pristine Christianity were in fact composed long after the canonical gospels found in the Bible. Produced by obscure heretical movements, these texts have attracted much media attention chiefly because they seem to support radical, feminist, and post-modern positions in the modern church. Indeed, Jenkins shows how best-selling books on the "hidden gospels" have been taken up by an uncritical, drama-hungry media as the basis for a social movement that could have powerful effects on the faith and practice of contemporary Christianity.
Category: History