Gnostic Gospels of Jesus: The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels and Secret Books about Jesus of Nazareth

Gnostic Gospels of Jesus: The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels and Secret Books about Jesus of Nazareth

by Marvin W. Meyer
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Gnostic Gospels of Jesus: The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels and Secret Books about Jesus of Nazareth by Marvin W. Meyer

For all those readers curious to read the actual texts of the Gnostic Gospels, here is the definitive collection of all the Gnostic Gospels and Gospel–like texts.

o Marvin Meyer, premier scholar of Gnostic and other Christian literature outside the New Testament, presents every Gnostic Gospel and Jesus text with a brilliant overall introduction, introductions to each text, and notes that explain everything the reader needs to know to understand the text. He includes his latest translations of not only the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Gospel of Mary, but other texts such as the Secret Book of John, which some scholars regard as the second part of the New Testament Gospel of John. The material is largely from the discovery at Nag Hammadi, freshly translated and introduced, but also includes texts found elsewhere. The texts, especially taken together, present an image of Jesus as the ultimate wisdom teacher, a kind of mysterious Jewish Zen master, who scandalized listeners by his radical egalitarianism (regarding women, slaves, the poor, the marginalized as of equal status, or more, with establishment male believers) and his insistence on living the message, spiritual experience, vs. outer observance only.

o For those wanting to learn more after reading The Da Vinci Code. This book provides the definitive next book for those looking for expert presentation of the alternative Gnostic stream of Christianity, in which there is no talk of crucifixion and Mary Magdalene is presented as the disciple that Jesus loved best. "Marv is one of the original secret gospels scholars who has done an enormous amount of work to bring these texts to light. All of his research on the Nag Hammadi texts is having an incredible impact on our knowledge of early Christian history––it is virtually redefining it." ––Dr. Elaine Pagels, Princeton University

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ISBN-13: 9780060762087
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/15/2005
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 224,649
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Marvin Meyer is one of the foremost scholars on early Christianity and texts about Jesus outside the New Testament. He is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California. Among his recent books are The Gospel of Judas, The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus, The Gospels of Mary, The Gospel of Thomas, and The Nag Hammadi Scriptures.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
An avid reader of Christ's works and words, this is not for the faint of heart Christian, but for one, as Gnosticism suggests is a 'seeker of knowledge'. To read Christ's words and the ancient manuscripts found translated resonates that which I've often felt was missing from our modern day Bible. The authors organization of this information is easy to comprehend, leaving the reader to come to their own interpretations and conclusions. Once you read it, you'll come away more aware, and glad you did. The ultimate message is still the same for all. Blessings in the Light of Christ to all!
russ51 More than 1 year ago
A very well written and organized book concerning the Gnostic point of view. If you are looking at expanding your knowledge in general, and exploring an alternative view of early Christianity in particular, this is an excellent place to begin.
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First off if you looking for the gospel of Judas, you wont find it in this book, the gnostic gospels were released prior to the gospel of judas however you can find the gospel of judas free online. If you want to spend a tad more money and get a book written by over 30 scholars who expert in translation with a much more disected and well written account of the gnostic gospels INCLUDING THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS, look for THE NAG HAMMADI SCRIPTURES In fact, the aurthor of this book was one of the men who helped write the better book on the gnostic Gospels, the one which included THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS. This book is written to have an smooth flow to it with an easy every day english translation, where THE NAG HAMMADI SCRIPTURES are a little bit more precise and confusing. If you are someone who is interested in the topic but does not wish to go in depth into it his would be my reccomendation for you. Besides you can find a free translation of the gospel of Judas online. In fact you can find the entire list of gnostic gospels online. BUT that should in no way stop you from buying a book on them, belive me youll want to be able to look up some of the things Jeus "Said" and show it to your friends.' Yiou will find a much more colorful picture of Jesus painted in these Gospels . Much of which may suprise you BUT DONT BE DISCOURAGED. Many of these could quite potentially be fake, however some look like they could fit in quite nicely with Mathew Mark Luke and John and you could certainly learn a thing or two....dont give up for the sake of one gospel.
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