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Gnosticism used to be a wide-ranging spiritual circulate of the 1st millennium CE—with prior antecedents and later flourishings—whose adherents sought salvation via wisdom and private spiritual adventure. Gnostic writings provide remarkable views on either early Christian and non-Christian inspiration. for instance, a few gnostic texts recommend that god may be celebrated as either dad and mom, and that self-knowledge is the preferrred route to the divine. simply some time past 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 is often the 1st time that this kind of wealthy and numerous choice of gnostic texts were introduced jointly in one quantity, in translations that permit the spirit of the unique texts to polish. the decisions collected right here, in poetic, readable translation, symbolize Jewish, Christian, airtight, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar expressions of gnostic spirituality. Their areas of beginning contain Egypt, the Greco-Roman international, the center East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. additionally incorporated are introductions, notes, an in depth thesaurus, and a wealth of feedback for extra 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 varieties 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 plants • 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 ebook 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 e-book 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 nice 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 booklet of John
37. Songs from the Mandaean Liturgy

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

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

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

EPILOGUE: ancient MEDITATION at the internal mild OF GNOSIS • Willis Barnstone

GLOSSARY

BIBLIOGRAPHY
FURTHER READING
SOURCES CITED
INDEX OF right NAMES

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His value, rather, lies in his enigmatic sayings, which are pregnant with possibility and power. "Whoever discovers what these sayings mean will not taste death," Jesus promises. That is to say, one who uncovers the interpretive keys to the meaning of these sayings thinks Jesus' thoughts after him and completes his sayings in new and sagacious ways. Such a one seeks and finds true wisdom and knowledge. The editor of the gospel is said to be Judas Thomas, or Judas the twin, who is acclaimed by Syrian Christians as the twin brother of Jesus and the messenger (or apostle) to the Syrians.

According to the Gospel of Thomas, the interpretation of these wise but hidden sayings will bring knowledge and life. Saying 2 states, "Whoever discovers what these sayings mean will not taste death"; saying 3 goes on to declare, "When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living father"; sayings 5 and 6 affirm, "There is nothing hidden that 7. Patterson, Bethge, and Robinson, The Fifth Gospel, p. 43. " In its concern for hidden wisdom that is revealed and understood, the Gospel of Thomas displays an interest found in other traditions, especially other gnostic traditions.

But now they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, they will repent. (29) Yeshua said, If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of body, it is a marvel of marvels. Yet I marvel at how this great wealth has come to dwell in this poverty. (30) Yeshua said, Where there are three deities, they are divine. Where there are two or one, I am with that one. 31 30. Sabbath. 31. " The Greek text then goes on to present part of saying 77. EARLY W I S D O M GOSPELS (31) Yeshua said, A prophet is not accepted in the hometown.

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