Marvin Meyer, Ph.D., is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University, Orange, California, and is one of the foremost scholars of Coptic and gnostic studies at work today. He is Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute, a fellow of the Jesus Seminar, and a Pacific Coast regional past president of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is the author of numerous books, including Ancient Christian Magic, The Gospel of Thomas, Secret Gospels, Jesus Then and Now, The Magical Book of Mary and the Angels, and The Ancient Mysteries. Dr. Meyer appears frequently in documentary television programs for ABC, BBC, A&E, and the History Channel.
The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospelsby Marvin Meyer
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.
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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.
I enjoy the secret book of John. There were some details i would have never thought have. If you have a open mind and understand some text were kept from you this creates a good picture.