The Gnostic Bible

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Willis Barnstone, Marvin Meyer
Shambhala Publications, 2006 - Всего страниц: 860
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A landmark work of scholarship and literary translation, The Gnostic Bible presents the most significant and beautiful sacred texts of gnostic mysticism. The gnostics were religious thinkers who believed that salvation is found through mystical knowledge and personal religious experience. Gnostic writings offer striking perspectives on both early Christian and non-Christian thought. For example, some gnostic texts suggest that God should be celebrated as both Mother and Father and that self-knowledge is the route to union with the Divine. Dating from the first to the thirteenth centuries, the selections in this volume represent Jewish, Christian, Hermetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar forms of gnostic spirituality, and their sources include Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. These texts show that gnosticism was a world religion that sought truths in a wide variety of traditions and expressed those truths in powerful and provocative mystical poetry and prose. The impact of gnosticism upon other religions of the world was considerable, and the influence of gnosticism continues to the present day. This is the first time that such a diverse collection of ancient gnostic texts has been published in a single volume, and many of the texts have never before been translated into English. The selections are accompanied by introductions and notes, and additional study aids describe gnosticism, elucidate gnostic terms, and suggest further readings.
 

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Poet and translator Barnstone and Meyer (Bible & Christian studies, Chapman Univ.) have joined forces to present a large collection of gnostic source literature. The nature and beliefs of gnosticism ... Читать весь отзыв

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INTRODUCTION Marvin Meyer
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INTRODUCTION Marvin Meyer
107
The Book of Baruch Justin
119
SETHIAN LITERATURE
135
The Sermon of Zostrianos
215
The Baptismal Ceremony of the Gospel of the Egyptians
218
Thunder
224
The Naassene Sermon
482
PART THREE Hermetic Literature
495
INTRODUCTION Willis Barnstone
497
Poimandres
502
The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth
512
The Prayer of Thanksgiving
521
PART FOUR Mandaean Literature
525
INTRODUCTION NathanielDeutsch
527

The Letter of Peter to Philip
233
VALENTINIAN LITERATURE 14 The Gospel of Truth
239
The Gospel of Philip
257
The Letter to Flora Ptolemy
299
Commentary on the Gospel of John Herakleon
307
The Treatise on Resurrection
326
The Prayer of the Messenger Paul
332
Valentinian Liturgical Readings
335
The Secret Book of James
340
The Round Dance of the Cross
351
THOMAS AND OTHER SYRIAN LITERATURE 23 The Songs of Solomon
357
The Song of the Pearl
386
The Book of Thomas
395
ADDITIONAL LITERATURE OF GNOSTIC WISDOM 26 The Exegesis on the Soul
405
On the Origin of the World
414
The Paraphrase of Shem
438
The Second Treatise of the Great Seth
465
The Gospel of Mary
477
The Ginza
536
Hibils Lament from the Book of John
555
Songs from the Mandaean Liturgy
561
PART FIVE Manichaean Literature
567
INTRODUCTION Paul Mirecki
569
On the Origin of His Body
581
The Story of the Death of Mani
593
Kephalaia
598
The Coptic Manichaean Songbook
616
INTRODUCTION Marvin Meyer
657
The Mother of Books
665
INTRODUCTION Willis Barnstone
729
The Gospel of the Secret Supper
740
The Book of the Two Principles
751
A Nuns Sermon
762
GLOSSARY
801
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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Willis Barnstone was born in Lewiston, Maine. He attended Bowdoin, Columbia, and Yale, earning his doctorate. Barnstone taught in Greece from 1949 to 1951, and in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War. He went to China during the Cultural Revolution, where he was later a Fulbright Professor of American Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University from 1984 to 1985. Barnstone has authored more than forty books, poetry collections, poetry translations, philosophical and religious texts. He is a former O'Connor Professor of Greek at Colgate University, is a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and is in the Institute of Biblical and Literary Studies at Indiana University. He has received numerous awards for his work, among them the Emily Dickinson Award, the W. H. Auden Award, and a PEN/Book-of-the-Month-Club Special Citation for translation. Barnstone was also a Guggenheim Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry. His titles include The Complete Poems of Sappho,, Translated with an Introduction, Ancient Greek Lyrics, Love Poems, and Café de l'Aube à Paris, Dawn Café in Paris: Poems Composed in French and Their Translation in English.

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