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Jung and the Lost Gospels Hardcover – 1 Dec 1994

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Quest Books (IL) (1 Dec. 1994)
  • ISBN-10: 083560652X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0835606523
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,402,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
A well-written introduction to Gnosticism, this work is unique in its comparison of the Nag Hammadi Library to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hoeller examines the mysticism and mythology of the Essenes and the Gnostics within the framework of Carl Jung's depth psychology. The almost simultaneous discoveries at Qumran and Nag Hammadi revealed an ancient psycho-spirituality that had been virtually forgotten for almost 18 centuries. In both cases the retrieval/collection, translation and publication took years to complete and some documents are undoubtedly lost forever.

The author emphasizes Jung's awareness that Gnosticism was the only tradition which considered the psyche or soul as the meeting point of the divine and the human. The open practice of Gnosticism endured to the third century of our era (except for the Mandaeans of Mesopotamia that survived to the present day). Jung called for a revival of this ancient heritage and for a return to the understanding of God as an immanent and transformative presence. His view of the symbols, myths and metaphors of the Gnostics inspired his life's work. Many decades after having written them, he commented as follows on the Seven Sermons to the Dead: "All my work, all my creative activity, has come from those initial fantasies ... everything that I accomplished in later life was already contained in them ...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Oct. 2009
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This informative work serves as an introduction to Gnosticism and a comparison of the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Nag Hammadi Library. Hoeller examines the mysticism and mythology of the Essenes and the Gnostics within the framework of Carl Jung's psychology. The almost simultaneous discoveries at Qumran and Nag Hammadi have revealed an ancient psychological spirituality that had been virtually forgotten for almost 18 centuries. In both cases the retrieval/collection, translation and publication took years to complete and some documents are undoubtedly lost forever.

Hoeller emphasizes Jung's awareness that the only tradition which considered the psyche or soul as the connection between the divine and the human was the Gnostic that endured to the third century of our era (except for the Mandaeans of Mesopotamia that survived). That's why he called for a revival of this ancient heritage and for a return to the understanding of God as an immanent and transformative presence. Jung's view of the symbols, myths and metaphors of the Gnostics inspired his life's work. Many decades after having written them, he commented as follows on the Seven Sermons to the Dead: "All my work, all my creative activity, has come from those initial fantasies ... everything that I accomplished in later life was already contained in them ..."
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fran Garcia on 9 Sept. 2014
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Enjoyed the book very much. Would recommend the book for anyone interested in the subject matter
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22 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 1997
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This book is extremely enlightening in many ways, but stops puzzingly short of making (obvious?) connections with gnosis and the ancient (read - pre persian, greek & roman domination) Egyptians as seen primarily in their ancient myths (attested as the world's earliest by many scholars) of Osiris, Isis, Horus and Seth.

There were also seemingly obvious slights with (unnecessary and probably unrecognized by the author) racial overtones - specifically the author's interpretation of the 'Pearl' and the 'unclean' Egyptians and the 'darkness' issue (ignorance, etc.) of Egypt.

Egypt (actually Africa) is the genesis of humanity - all things, including all aspects of civilization, and its priests were the authors of all religions on the planet today - including gnosis (as was often only briefly alluded to - although often - by the author).

In spite of these things, the book brings out many, many enlightening perspectives.

A MUST READ for all TRUTH SEEKERS!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tomasz M. on 8 May 2015
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Everything as expected, Excellent choice, great purchase.
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