The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts Complete in One Volume

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts Complete in One Volume

by Marvin W. Meyer, James M. Robinson
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The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts Complete in One Volume

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, edited by Marvin Meyer, is the most complete, up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the renowned library of Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945, which rivaled the Dead Sea Scrolls find in significance. It includes the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and the recently discovered Gospel of Judas, as well as other Gnostic gospels and sacred texts. This volume also includes introductory essays, notes, tables, glossary, index, etc. to help the reader understand the context and contemporary significance of these texts which have shed new light on early Christianity and ancient thought. The compilation of ancient manuscripts that constitute The Nag Hammadi Scriptures is a discovery that challenges everything we thought we knew about the early Christian church, ancient Judaism, and Greco-Roman religions.

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ISBN-13: 9780061626005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Edition description: Internatio
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 69,335
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts Complete in One Volume 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
RHSTX More than 1 year ago
The Christian cannon was not formalized until the 5th century. Before that date there were many forms of Christianity and each group had their own sacred texts, all claiming to be written by the apostles. As the various groups fell 'victim' to the group that later became 'orthodox' their texts were burned or not copied, and were lost to the world. Gnosticism was an early Christian movement that emphasized the saving power of dualistic knowledge about our origins over the saving power of Christ's death and resurrection. The Gnostics developed an elaborate mythology about the supreme and unknowable God and his pleroma or 'heavenly kingdom' of light and how the divine spark within us fell from that kingdom. Our task, as divine entities, is to find the gnosis (knowledge) to make our way back to that pleroma and home. These texts are supposed to guide us into that knowledge. Several of these books are beautifully written and complete and have very inspiring descriptions of the unknowable God who is the One and the All. One, The Gospel of Thomas, is supposed to have early saying of Christ. Some have text missing and are difficult, if not impossible, to read. The texts make for very interesting reading that certainly informs, and perhaps inspires. Perhaps it is a modern miracle that these 3rd and 4th century texts were preserved, and finally discovered in 1945, buried in a sealed clay jar near Nag Hammadi, in upper Egypt, by a bedouin peasant digging for fertilizer on the side of a hill. These texts are a MUST for anyone who is interested in the early history of the Christian church...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are wonderful writings which were discovered in 1945. The gospel of Thomas is the oldest. All of them are worthy of deep study.
bogrl More than 1 year ago
This book is one that cannot be read with any type of distraction near. It calls for a lot of concentration. Also, some of the pages are missing a few words, because the original document was torn off at that point. Marvin Meyer did a great job of translating this information for us; he should be commended for an outstanding job on this project. I will always treasure this book.
CRCDS_Student More than 1 year ago
This collection of extra-canonical books is an important read. As an accompaniment to the books of the canon these Nag Hammadi Scriptures can help us better understand the times during which the Gospels and other canonical scriptures were written. They offer insights into characters we have come to know, such as Mary Magdalene and Peter. Some of the texts may be challenging, but it is a worthwhile endeavor to read them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over 30 translatos from various languages voted on what words should be used to give the most accurate translation of these lost gospels...word by word. In the introduction I mentions that Bishop Iraneus Decided there should only be four gospels because the world has four corners and the wind blows from four directions. Then when these gospels were outlawed and gnostic burried all the Gospels INCLUDING THE GOSPEL OF JUDAS under a bouldr in a jar which was unearthed nearly 2000 years later at Nag Hammid. The people who found these leatherbound papyrus books used some as firewood, the sold it to a merchant in the market. As word got out a millionair bought it and kept it in a vault where they further deterioated. After awhile it was released to the translators then the public. Many many people were invested into making this book. There are brackets and stars next to words and in the brackts it may say lines missting, meaning the cccotex as hyccalttttttte scriptures were too destroyed to translate. So what did they find in this jar. Some of these gospels are strange, about the comsoms and astrology, others l are similiar to the four gospels we have and even explain and reinforce some of the passages that puzzle us. like "If you do Not hate you mother and father you are not worthy of me, in one of the nag hammid gospels they say "our parents have disowned us for fallowing you and we have disowned them for you. Which wich may clarrify hate could have been disown.' Some of these gospels are rambles, some the translators admit were written saying the authors were apostles but really it was a gnostic prophet valentinus who wrote them. Part of the fun is picking out the forgeries from what may be legitamate gospels. The book is a masterpiece. For these gospels to be outlawed by the church and unearthed when people have freedom to think for themselves, it may not be a stretch to call it divine fate.
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Christmas gift for son. Unable to give accurate rating or review.