Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism

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Harper Collins, May 6, 1987 - Religion - 432 pages
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Presents a readable and appealing introduction to what otherwise might seem an inaccessible religion of late antiquity.

 

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*The* book on the evidence (archaeological and textual) left by the many branches of Gnosticism, a religion which believed that an utterly good God was separate from Creation. This book covers the ... Read full review

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One of the most accessible and readable surveys on Gnosticism in existence for general reader. The book introduces all important Gnostic movements and is a pleasant read. While the research might not ... 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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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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