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The Gnostic Bible : Revised and Expanded Edition
Gnosticism a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE-with earlier and later flourishings-whose adherents sought salvation through and personal religious experience. Gnostic writings offer striking on both early Christian and non-Christian thought. For example, gnostic texts suggest that god should be celebrated as both mother and, and that self-knowledge is the supreme path to the divine. Only in the fifty years has it become clear how far the gnostic influence spread in and medieval religions-and what a marvelous body of scriptures it. The selections gathered here, in poetic, translation, represent Jewish, Christian, Hermetic, Mandaean,, Islamic, and Cathar expressions of gnostic spirituality. Their of origin include Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, the Middle East, Syria,, China, and France. Also included are introductions, notes, an extensive, and a wealth of suggestions for further reading.
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October 17, 2011
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