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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Ever since a treasure trove of Gnostic texts were discovered 60 years ago buried in an Egyptian field, controversy has been raging about their contents and meaning. Michael Matkin's The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels doesn't pretend to resolve these raging battles; but it does offer a prudent, evenhanded assessment of these documents within their historical context.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781592573882
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Michael Matkin is founder and director of The Brenden Center, which instructs and educates the public on issues of spiritual formation and traditional Christian spiritual practices. He has a B.A. in non-Western history from University of Tulsa and an M.A. in church history from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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