Gnostic Gospels of Jesus The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels and Secret Books about Jesus of Nazareth

ISBN-10: 006076208X

ISBN-13: 9780060762087

Edition: 2005

Authors: Marvin Meyer

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For all those readers curious to read the actual texts of the Gnostic Gospels, here is the definitive collection of all the Gnostic Gospels and Gospel-like texts. o Marvin Meyer, premier scholar of Gnostic and other Christian literature outside the New Testament, presents every Gnostic Gospel and Jesus text with a brilliant overall introduction, introductions to each text, and notes that explain everything the reader needs to know to understand the text. He includes his latest translations of not only the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Gospel of Mary, but other texts such as the Secret Book of John, which some scholars regard as the second part of the New Testament Gospel of John. The material is largely from the discovery at Nag Hammadi, freshly translated and introduced, but also includes texts found elsewhere. The texts, especially taken together, present an image of Jesus as the ultimate wisdom teacher, a kind of mysterious Jewish Zen master, who scandalized listeners by his radical egalitarianism (regarding women, slaves, the poor, the marginalized as of equal status, or more, with establishment male believers) and his insistence on living the message, spiritual experience, vs. outer observance only. o For those wanting to learn more after reading The Da Vinci Code . This book provides the definitive next book for those looking for expert presentation of the alternative Gnostic stream of Christianity, in which there is no talk of crucifixion and Mary Magdalene is presented as the disciple that Jesus loved best. "Marv is one of the original secret gospels scholars who has done an enormous amount of work to bring these texts to light. All of his research on the Nag Hammadi texts is having an incredible impact on our knowledge of early Christian history--it is virtually redefining it." --Dr. Elaine Pagels, Princeton University
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/15/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Marvin Meyer is one of the foremost scholars on early Christianity and texts about Jesus outside the New Testament. He is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California. Among his recent books are The Gospel of Judas , The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus , The Gospels of Mary , The Gospel of Thomas , and The Nag Hammadi Scriptures .

The Gospel of Thomas with the Greek Gospel of Thomas fragments
The Gospel of Mary
The Gospel of Philip
The Gospel of Truth by Valentinus
The holy book of the great invisible Spirit or the Egyptian gospel
The secret book of John
The secret book of James
The book of Thomas
The dialogue of the savior
The second discourse of great Seth
The book of Baruch by Justin
The round dance of the cross
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