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A Dictionary of Gnosticism

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A Dictionary of Gnosticism is a scholarly yet accessible guide that covers the people, mythology, movements, scripture, and technical terms related to this pre-Christian Western religion. It contains nearly 1700 entries, from Aachiaram, an angel in the Secret Book of John to Zostrianos, a third-century Gnostic text, and is a reliable reference for the Nag Hammadi library and other Gnostic texts. An introduction explains who the Gnostics were and provides a whirlwind tour through the history of this captivating ...

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Overview

A Dictionary of Gnosticism is a scholarly yet accessible guide that covers the people, mythology, movements, scripture, and technical terms related to this pre-Christian Western religion. It contains nearly 1700 entries, from Aachiaram, an angel in the Secret Book of John to Zostrianos, a third-century Gnostic text, and is a reliable reference for the Nag Hammadi library and other Gnostic texts. An introduction explains who the Gnostics were and provides a whirlwind tour through the history of this captivating movement.

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Created in response to the sudden appearance of gnosticism in film and popular culture, this fascinating lexicon offers 1700 definitions explaining the enigmatic references, figures, texts, and puzzling redundancies that exist in New Testament apocrypha. The succinct A-to-Z entries run no more than a few sentences. Deftly sketched in Smith's (Lost Sayings of Jesus) introductory overview is gnosticism's emergence, its complex relationship to Christianity, its 19th-century resurgence, and the 20th-century discovery of additional texts expanding our knowledge of the movement. An eight-page bibliography rounds out this vital translation tool, which will aid both scholarly inquiry and ambitious lay study.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835608695
  • Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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