The Everything Gnostic Gospels Book: A Complete Guide to the Secret Gospels

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Everything Books, Feb 12, 2007 - Religion - 304 pages
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The books of the Bible are not the only ancient writings to tell the stories of Jesus and his followers - other Gnostic texts have also been found as well. The Everything Gnostic Gospels Book provides an overview of Gnosticism and the historical figures who are believed to be the authors: Thomas, James, Mary Magdalene, and others. This accessible guide explores the following questions:

  • What do Gnostics believe?
  • Who were the authors of the Gnostic Gospels?
  • How are the Bible scriptures and Gnostic Gospels different? How are they the same?
  • How were "official" Christian texts chosen?
Learn about the different versions of Christianity that battled for supremacy in the first centuries after the death of Jesus. This entertaining and educational book describes each of the Gnostic Gospels, providing insight into the turbulent times of early Christianity as well as the renewed contemporary interest in these mysterious writings.

 

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Contents

Palestinian Jews 9 A Plethora of Ideas 10 The Practices of Early
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Rites of Gnosticism 29 Gnostic Sacramental Rituals 31 How Gnostic
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Gnostic
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Detractors Redactors and Scribes 60 Textual Inferiority or Just
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Gnostic Versus Christian Orthodox Views
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The Divine Feminine Ideal
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A Challenge to the Patriarchy 92 Jesus Teaching on Gender Equality
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Different Sects Appear 106 Syrian Discipline 107 Greek Discipline
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The Gospel of Mary
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The Gospel of Thomas
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What Is Found in This Gospel? 170 Who Was Valentinus? 174
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The Unknowable Divine Being 182 Divine Characteristics 184 Five
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The Gospel of Truth
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The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles 218 The Secret Book
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Modern Scholars Examine Ancient Texts
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Gnostic Themes and Images in Pop Culture
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The Tragic Fate of the Cathars 126
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Translation from the Greek into Coptic 134 Why Bury the Texts in
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Text Resources
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Meera Lester is an internationally published author who successfully used the Law of Attraction to push her career into liftoff, writing ten published books and contributing to three anthologies since 2003. After several years of widowhood, Ms. Lester made a list of the traits, physical attributes, and qualities she sought in a new life partner. She is currently planning her wedding to the man whom she attracted into her life. Some of her other books include "Why Does Santa Wear Red?", "The Everything Women of the Bible Book", and "The Everything Gnostic Gospels Book". Her recent move to the Miami area fulfilled a lifelong desire to live in a tropical climate in a house on a lake.

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