Essential Gnostic Scriptures

Essential Gnostic Scriptures

by Willis Barnstone, Marvin Meyer
     
 

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The people we’ve come to call gnostics were passionate advocates of the view that salvation comes through knowledge and personal experience, and their passion shines through in the remarkable body of writings they produced over a period of more than a millennium and a half. Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer have created a translation that brings the gnostic

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The people we’ve come to call gnostics were passionate advocates of the view that salvation comes through knowledge and personal experience, and their passion shines through in the remarkable body of writings they produced over a period of more than a millennium and a half. Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer have created a translation that brings the gnostic voices to us from across the centuries with remarkable power and beauty—beginning with texts from the earliest years of Christianity—including material from the Nag Hammadi library—and continuing all the way up to expressions of gnostic wisdom found within Islam and in the Cathar movement of the Middle Ages. The twenty-one texts included here serve as a compact introduction to Gnosticism and its principal ideas—and they also provide an entrée to the pleasures of gnostic literature in general, representing, as they do, the greatest masterpieces of that tradition.

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"An important sampler of relatively unknown spiritual literature."—Library Journal

"May well be the most comprehensive collection of Gnostic materials ever gathered into one volume. A valuable resource."—Publishers Weekly

"An enormously rich collection of sources—a wonderful achievement!"—Elaine Pagels, author of Beyond Belief

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ISBN-13:
9781590309254
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,339,572
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 5.06(h) x 0.78(d)

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From the Publisher
"An important sampler of relatively unknown spiritual literature."—Library Journal

"May well be the most comprehensive collection of Gnostic materials ever gathered into one volume. A valuable resource."—Publishers Weekly

"An enormously rich collection of sources—a wonderful achievement!"—Elaine Pagels, author of Beyond Belief

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