The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels

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In December 1945, two Egyptian fellahin, digging for natural fertilizer in the Nile River valley unearthed a sealed storage jar. The jar proved to hold treasure of an unexpected sort: a collection of some fifty-two ancient manuscripts, most of which reflect the teachings of a mystical religious movement we call Gnosticism (from the Greek word gnosis, "knowledge"). The texts are also, with few exceptions, Christian documents, and thus they provide us with valuable new information about the character of the early ...
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Overview

In December 1945, two Egyptian fellahin, digging for natural fertilizer in the Nile River valley unearthed a sealed storage jar. The jar proved to hold treasure of an unexpected sort: a collection of some fifty-two ancient manuscripts, most of which reflect the teachings of a mystical religious movement we call Gnosticism (from the Greek word gnosis, "knowledge"). The texts are also, with few exceptions, Christian documents, and thus they provide us with valuable new information about the character of the early church, and about the Gnostic Christians within the church.

In this volume, Marvin W. Meyer has produced a new English translation for general readers of four of the most important and revealing of these early Christian texts -- the Secret Book of James, the Gospel of Thomas, the Book of Thomas, and the Secret Book of John.

4 revealing Christian texts founded in 1945 in Egypt which provide invaluable information about the character of the early Church.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394744339
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1986
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 275,269
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Dr. Meyer, a scholar long familiar with the Nag Hammadi texts, offers here a fresh and lively translation that anyone intrigued to learn more about these texts will welcome."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    This is an okay book

    This book presents new translations of four early Christian Gnostic texts, which are the Secret Book of James, the Gospel of Thomas, the Book of Thomas, and the Secret Book of John. This is a small book of 129 pages. The Gnostic texts are presented in the front of the book without accompanying explanations. The Notes are listed in the back of the book. These consist of cryptic commentary tightly spaced. This book would have been a more successful read if the commentary was included with each of the gospels. The title is misleading although several of the Gnostic Gospels use the terminology "secret teachings." You'll not find anything secret inside this book. If you are seeking a quick read of Gnostic material, you might consider this book.

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