The Gnostic Bible
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Gnosticism was a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE--with earlier antecedents and later flourishings--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, 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 896 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 53.34mm | 1,338.09g
  • Shambhala Publications Inc
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1590306317
  • 9781590306314
  • 131,146

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"This book may well be the most comprehensive collection of gnostic materials ever gathered in one volume. What is clear from the sourcebook is the tremendous diversity of thought that exists under the 'gnostic' umbrella including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Zoroastrian, and Greco-Roman themes. A valuable resource for students and scholars."—"Publishers Weekly" “The selection of texts ranges across two millennia and various cultures.  Each work, some translated into English for the first time, is accompanied by a clear introduction and synopsis.  This is an important sampler of relatively unknown spiritual literature.”—"Library Journal" “To read "The Gnostic Bible" is to witness something astonishing. . . . I read it with dizzy excitement.”—Ian Cant, "Ascent Magazine" “A Godsend for anyone interested in alternative Christianity, the history of Christianity, or spirituality in general.”—"Tushow more