Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead

Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead

by Stephan A Hoeller
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Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead by Stephan A Hoeller

Jungian psychology based on a little known treatise he authored in his earlier years.

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ISBN-13: 9780835605687
Publisher: Quest Books
Publication date: 01/28/1989
Pages: 239
Sales rank: 393,964
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.66(d)

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RHSTX More than 1 year ago
Any student of Jung has seen the Gnosticism (sometimes lightly cloaked) in his many works. His vocabulary alone stands as proof. One can read the words: Pleroma, pneuma, Sophia, Psyche, demiurge, etc., only so many times before the connection is made. These words come straight out of second, third, and fourth century Christian Gnosticism. Jung's understanding of early Christian Gnosticism is remarkable, seeing that the Nag Hammadi scriptures weren't found until 1945, and not translated from their early Egyptian Coptic until much later. I like to envision Jung digging through old dusty and forgotten texts of Irenaeus and Hippolytus (renowned, if not infamous, early heresy hunters) searching for their takes, and quotes, of early Gnosticism. It must have been a real detective story! Or, was it... Stephan Hoeller, a noted Gnostic himself, publishes Jung's "Seven Sermons to the Dead". Jung never published this work, but did refer to it in his own "Memories, Dreams, Reflections". Jung reports that on a Saturday evening in 1916 his entire family experienced "parapsychological phenomena". On the following day "the whole house was filled as if there were a crowd present, crammed full of spirits...Then they cried out in chorus, 'We have come back from Jerusalem where we found not what we sought.' That is the beginning of the Septem Sermones." He 'wrote' the Seven Sermons to the Dead in three evenings. Jung attributes its writing to Basilides, an ancient Gnostic teacher from Alexandria. One wants to imagine that the work was 'channeled' either directly from Jung's own unconscious or perhaps from Basilidies himself. It is a shame that Jung never published this work himself, making its attribution certain. Still, I find no reason to doubt Hoeller. He clearly explains how it came into his possession and how he came to publish it. The 'seven sermons' comprise only 15 pages of this book, but they are worth the price of the book. Hoeller's commentary is insightful and informative. His understanding of Jung, and Jung's Gnosticism, testifies to Hoeller's many years of study on that subject. It's a real 'page turner' for anyone seriously interested in the Gnosticism of Jung...