The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels

Marvin W. Meyer

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The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels

The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels By Marvin W. Meyer The Secret Teachings of Jesus Four Gnostic Gospels In December 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 so

  • Title: The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels
  • Author: Marvin W. Meyer
  • ISBN: 9780394744339
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels By Marvin W. 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 textIn 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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    1. Rama on said:

      The teachings of Gnostic gospels and the early ChristianityGnosticism is a mystical, esoteric religious movement that existed during the very early phase of Christianism The discovery of 13 books containing 52 texts in the Nile River valley of Egypt in 1945 called Nag Hammadi opened the door for the history of early Christianism and the teachings of four Gnostic gospels called the secret book of James, the gospel of Thomas, the book of Thomas and secret book of John Biblical scholars estimate th [...]

    2. Suzanne on said:

      Translation made easy to read Good notes and introduction Best gnostic translation I ve read and the quickest Not as authoritative maybe as some esoteric works on the Gnostics but easier to grasp and perhaps discard as nothing I ve read of Gnosticism so far rings very true to me But both Gnostic Gospels and Dead Sea Scrolls are very interesting early histories New and Old Testament times of so called Christianity These Gospels do at least pretend to be quoting Christ and they do give fuller and [...]

    3. E. D.Watson on said:

      I chose this book because I didn t think I wanted commentary or context, I just wanted to read the books and mull them over on my own The first three were great The last one Secret Book of John was just kind of cray, in the same way that the Biblical Book of Revelations is cray I sort of lost interest at that point, and started wishing I had some commentary after all, to tell me WTF I was reading But that s not really what this book was designed for I can t fault it for that I m mainly giving it [...]

    4. Natalie Corrigan on said:

      I bought this mainly to study the book and gospel of Thomas one half of the entirety in this collection , since I have heard they parallel many Buddhist ideas such as oneness and detachment They did not disappoint, and in fact I was thrilled to read Jesus speak of teachings that are basic law of attraction fundamentals The gospel of Thomas reads much like the dhammapada in that it contains only sayings from Jesus with little narrative The book of Thomas is an account during Jesus life, during a [...]

    5. Ron on said:

      Although the title smacks a bit of the lure of the forbidden, or some sort of scandalous and salacious content, I was impressed by how often the material in the gospels made sense I think that often persons who are exposed to mainstream Christianity are turned off by the emotional and often narrow approach to dealing with figuring out what to believe Orthodoxy rules the day, and not just with Christianity It s easy to believe that the less heard of belief systems those not in control over the ce [...]

    6. Dan Beliveau on said:

      Interesting texts.The Secret Book of James, The Gospel of Thomas The Book of Thomas are presented as things Jesus said and there are deep kernels of truth, as well as many commonly known sayings, teaching and stories The Secret Book of John, well, it seems to be this esoteric creation story, that appears to be based in Zoroastrianism I found it impossible to follow, but was reading it, rather than trying to study it It dicussed many layers of gods and spirits, angels, demons and seemed convolute [...]

    7. Jennifer Harshaw on said:

      I guess I can t rate the book based on the content, but how it was written There wasn t much additional writing besides the gnostic gospels I didn t know much about the gnostic gospels until I read a Jodi Piccolt book Change of Heart I thought it was interesting because I know the church had to have withheld some information from the times of Jesus I thought they were interesting, but I was just reading them over I wasn t going in depth into research Until I got to the Gospel of John and I was s [...]

    8. Trey Nowell on said:

      Really enjoyed reading the Gnostic writings here It would have benefitted I feel from a little interpretation from the translator, especially on the Secret Book Of John, which I found to be completely fascinating I had read the others before in theology classes many years ago and the Gospel Of Thomas again recently Few people understand the idea behind Gnostics who were preached against by Paul often in his NT letters I have always tried to understand their view and put it into 1st century persp [...]

    9. Julia on said:

      I gave this book a high mark because of the spiritual truth it contains and reveals to those with ears to hear and eyes to see, which I admit am not quite there yet.The study of these ancient truths is not to be taken lightly and I intend to study seiously and reverently when I find an astute and spiritual partner or small group for discussion.

    10. David S. T. on said:

      Its pretty easy to see why these were rejected as heretical They were somewhat interesting to see a different view point, but mainly from a historical viewpoint I had trouble getting past the translators choice to translate Son of Man to child of humanity , it bugged me every time I saw it and it make me instantly distrust the translation of other parts.

    11. Adrian on said:

      i ve come to the point where i consider myself a Gnostic i adore all the Gnostic gospels these were enlightening and thought provoking.

    12. Elaine on said:

      There were certainly a variety of Christian texts Gnostic writings were suppressed by the early Christian church.

    13. Andrew on said:

      Four gospels that aren t included in the authorized version of the Bible Quite different and from a different viewpoint.

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