Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism

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Harper Collins, May 6, 1987 - Religion - 432 pages
4 Reviews

Presents a readable and appealing introduction to what otherwise might seem an inaccessible religion of late antiquity.

  

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Good intro to weird stuff, but the writing (translation?) is rather stiff. And it's old, so probably eclipsed by recent scholarship. Read full review

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Indispensable, but not the clearest written book in the world. Read full review

Contents

THESOURCES
9
The Older Sources
25
NATURE AND STRUCTURE
53
Cosmology and Cosmogony
67
Anthropology and Anthropogony
88
The Doctrine of Redemption and the Redeemer
113
The Ascent of the Soul and the End of the World
171
Community Cult and Social Practice Ethics
204
HISTORY
275
Early Schools and Systems
294
The Great Systems of the 2nd Century
308
Manicheism
326
The Mandeans
343
EPILOGUE
367
Select Bibliography
405
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About the author (1987)

Kurt Rudolph is an internationally recognized authority on Gnosticism. He is professor of history of religion at Philipps Universitšt, Marburg, West Germany.

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