The Gnostic Discoveries: The Impact of the Nag Hammadi Library

This book opens the with the story of the discovery of the ancient codices at Nag Hammadi in Egypt Muhammad Ali, the fellahin, discovered the sealed jar, he feared that it might contain a jinni, or spirit, but also had heard of hidden treasures in such jars Greed overcame his fears When he smashed open the jar, gold seemed to float into the air To his disappointment, tThis book opens the with the story of the discovery of the ancient codices at Nag Hammadi in Egypt Muhammad Ali, the fellahin, discovered the sealed jar, he feared that it might contain a jinni, or spirit, but also had heard of hidden treasures in such jars Greed overcame his fears When he smashed open the jar, gold seemed to float into the air To his disappointment, they were papyrus fragments, not gold, but for scholars around the world, it was invaluable Meyer discusses the pre Christian forms of wisdom that went on to influence what Christians believe today In addition, some Nag Hammadi texts are attributed to Valentinus, a man who almost became Pope, whose rejection changed the church in significant ways Text by text, Meyer traces the history impact of this great find, right up to our current beliefs popular cultural fascination with this officially suppressed secret knowledge about Jesus his followers.
The Gnostic Discoveries The Impact of the Nag Hammadi Library This book opens the with the story of the discovery of the ancient codices at Nag Hammadi in Egypt Muhammad Ali the fellahin discovered the sealed jar he feared that it might contain a jinni or sp

  • Title: The Gnostic Discoveries: The Impact of the Nag Hammadi Library
  • Author: Marvin W. Meyer
  • ISBN: 9780060821081
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Gnostic Society Lecture Schedule Support your Gnostic Society and Ecclesia Click and add this Bookmark to your favorites Internet Explorer and Firefox Use our link when you go to You get the same low prices, and we receive a small commission that supports our non profit efforts. Gnostic Society Library Sources on Gnosticism and Gnosis The Gnostic Society Library a section of The Gnosis Archive , contains a vast collection of primary documents relating to the Gnostic tradition as well as a selection of in depth audio lectures and brief archive notes designed to orient study of the documents, their sources, and the religious The Gnostic Gospels Elaine Pagels The Gnostic Gospels Elaine Pagels on FREE shipping on qualifying offers A provocative study of the gnostic gospels and the world of early Christianity as The Gnostic Religion The Message of the Alien God and the The Gnostic Religion The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity Hans Jonas on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity Gnosticism Internet Sacred Text Archive GNOSTICISM Fragments of a Faith Forgotten by G.R.S Mead An indispensable and comprehensive sourcebook about the Gnostics The Gnostics and Their Remains by Charles William King King s pioneering summary of what was known about the Gnostics prior to the Nag Hammadi discoveries. Marcionism Marcionism was an Early Christian dualist belief system that originated in the teachings of Marcion of Sinope at Rome around the year . Marcion believed Jesus was the savior sent by God, and Paul the Apostle was his chief apostle, but he rejected the Hebrew Bible and the God of Israel.Marcionists believed that the wrathful Hebrew God was a separate and lower entity than the all forgiving Manichaeism Mani believed that the teachings of Gautama Buddha, Zoroaster, and Jesus were incomplete, and that his revelations were for the entire world, calling his teachings the Religion of Light Manichaean writings indicate that Mani received revelations when he was and again when he was , and over this time period he grew dissatisfied with the Elcesaite sect he was born into. Manichaeism New World Encyclopedia Manichaeism is an extinct dualistic religion of Iranian origin, founded in the third century C.E by the Prophet Mani c C.EOriginating in Babylon a province of Persia at the time , Manichaeism once flourished in the ancient world At its height, the religion claimed followers from North Africa to China. Theologically, Manichaeism is a dualistic religion that postulated an Ten Top Biblical Archaeology Discoveries Biblical This free eBook brings together the exciting worlds of archaeology and the Bible in ten top Biblical archaeology discoveries Learn the stories behind Biblical archaeology finds like the Pool of Siloam in Israel, where the Gospel of John says Jesus miraculously restored sight to a blind man. Esoteric Mystery School Study at our Online Mystery School Famed esotericist S.A Weor said of esoteric and alternative Christians We were thrown to the lions in the circuses of Rome, and we celebrated our rituals in the catacombs We were burnt alive in the flames of the Roman Catholic inquisition We accompanied Jesus Christ in the Holy Land.

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    1. Okay but superficial introduction to the Nag Hammadi texts and the so-called Berlin Gnostic Codex, which provide the text of a large number of texts pertaining to the so-called gnostic religious tendencies in antiquity (generally dualistic in nature, with some varieties heavily influenced by Christianity and others being more pagan or Jewish in affiliation). The author was a major academic in the study of gnostic texts, and what he says is generally reliable. His own bias is a clear dislike of t [...]

    2. I got very interested in the various Apocryphal books recently, and I've been studying some of them on my own, but figured I'd read this as a place to start. I was hoping for something engaging that would help me lay a foundation from which to understand the underline issues. The problem with this book is, not only does it not do that, it really doesn't do much of anything useful.Meyers does a pretty good job of explaining the source of where various documents come from, I.e the Nag Hammadi libr [...]

    3. Some of the Nag Hammadi documents contained cosmology far beyond my understanding, but I was able to pick up some general, intriguing themes. The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of Jesus's sayings, basically "Jesus says . . " The book promises that whoever follows the wisdom of the sayings "shall not taste death." This is substantially different than the Synoptic Gospels, which were written around the same time, that claim if you believe in Jesus as the son of God, then you'll have everlasting [...]

    4. Gnosticism is a school of thought within ancient Christianity that rejected the centrality of Jesus' crucifiction and the authority of the Catholic Church, instead focusing on the importance of direct mystical experience with God and the cultivation of the Christ-figure within the individual. As such, the ancient Church declared the Gnostics heretics, and rounded up most of the Gnostic holy texts (including the Gospels of Thomas, Mary, and Judas), and destroyed them. In 1945 a group of ancient G [...]

    5. An overview of one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century: the Nag Hammadi Library, which is a collection of religious documents dating back to around 350 AD and earlier. Some of these documents provided inspiration for Dan Brown’s bestseller The Da Vinci Code.The documents were found in 1945 near Nag Hammadi Egypt. It is thought that they were probably buried by monks from a nearby monastery who wanted to save them.Some of the titles of the works are Gospel of Thomas, [...]

    6. I just came back to this small book after googling back into "prehistory" and "history of writing systems." I've also read Pagels, Crossen, Ehrman on the gnostic discoveries at Nag Hammadi. In this reading, I noticed he mentions that some of the texts/scrolls aren't gnostic in origin, some from the mystery religions, some secular, etc. It's a useful reference and gives good context to some of the books that focus, say, on just one codex (usually the gospels, as in Judas, Mary, Thomas, etc.)Anoth [...]

    7. This book is only in small part about the 1945 discoveries in Nag Hammadi and that part is mostly lifted, with appropriate acknowledgments, from James M. Robinson. What it actually focuses on are two collections: the Berlin Codex and those codices from Nag Hammadi--and then mostly on the texts, some of them overlapping, themselves.The focus on texts, presented only in part, is unfortunate because here Meyer offers very little insight and nothing I could discern as new. Other, complete collection [...]

    8. To have benefitted from the reading of this work, one would need to be a dedicated student of the early Christian period. In my case, this very scholarly treatise fell upon deaf (non-scholarly) ears. If there is one thing I was able to infer from it, it is that those who established the traditions of the of the early Church were likely at the root of the misogynistic attitudes which characterize--to this day--many European and Middle Eastern-derived culture.

    9. Page 55: "From an historical point of view, orthodoxy and heresy may be understood as rhetorical constructs, as Karen King states, fashioned in the arena of political debate. Understood in this light, orthodoxy and heresy have little to do with truth and falsehood and everything to do with power and position. In a vote, the majority defines what is orthodox, and the minority is charged with being heretical."

    10. Interesting discussion of the gnostic texts. I had not fully understood what they were, but this opened my knowledge a little bit. I don't know how much belief I put in them - many of them are just fragments - but it is a new way to look at Jesus and his apostles. I have decided I will have to read more about the gnostic writings to learn more and decide how I really feel about them.

    11. This is best book outlining the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library I've ever seen. I love Marvin Meyer's translations of the gospels as well. Awesome for those who are curious about what the gospels are and where they were discovered.

    12. A scholarly view of the Nag Hammadi libraries, a collection of "underground" early Christian texts, which have been more or less suppressed by the church since the 4th century.Not exactly a page-turner, but vital and fascinating reading for anyone interested in this period of history

    13. I found this to be a fastinating book - easy for the novice to read & understand. Inspired me to learn more about Gnostism.

    14. (C) 60% | UnsatisfactoryNotes: A really dry and dull academic text that provides the thinnest of overviews on the subject and presumes familiarity.

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