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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
The Nag Hammadi Library in English edited by Robinson seems to be the standard translated edition of the texts, certainly in terms of best selling, but I would recommend this current book (or else Bentley Layton's "The Gnostic Scriptures") over that one.

It contains more than just Nag Hammadi material, including documents from the Berlin Codex (Gospel of Mary) and Codex Tchacos (Gospel of Judas). Furthermore, the material is better arranged, laid out and formatted, divided into sections with helpful headings, making it more readable, comprehensible, digestible and understandable. It also, unlike the Robinson, contains numerous helpful footnotes. The introductions to each text are generally better and more useful, and a bibliography is provided along with each text.

Really it's no contest. This, and the Layton edition, should really supplant the Robinson, which is showing its age somewhat now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2014
I found this book excellent in the insight it gives us into all the books that didn't make it into the Bible. There is a lot of good cross-referencing with the appropriate Bible texts and helpful introductions to each of the Nag Hammadi Scriptures. I would suggest that it is required reading for anyone, particularly Theology students of any faith not just Christian, who wishes to know more about the whole story of Christ, and particularly about the significance of Mary of Magdala. The book is quite difficult to tackle but well worth while for those with an open mind and imagination to other points of view rather than simply those we are offered in the New Testament. Actually as a Catholic it has deepened my faith and I hope this will happen for others too.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2010
It isn't often that I have to have a dictionary beside me when reading a book, and even rarer for there to be words that aren't even in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (three so far, and I'm only on p.72). You need to be really fascinated by the subject and have great perseverance to find it an easy read, but if you are, then it is a "must have" book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 September 2012
All the texts in one book and contains a useful scholar's commentary throughout. The way the texts have been translated is openly shown leaving little room for bias.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2014
The contents list in the Kindle version does not seem to be linked to the contents. Although this translation/updating is a great help (I have the original paperback) it is frustrating that I must make a note of locations and cannot go straight to the texts that interest me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2012
Hefty 800+ page work of a whole committee of scholars giving translations of a large part of the 1945 of religious texts from Nag Hammadi. The texts were probablyperceived as heretical and hidden, but not destroyed. Many of the wirks illustrate currents of gnosticism otherwise known only from works condemning them. The translations are very careful, and obviously aim at retaining nuances of the original, but this approach, possibly justified from a scholarly point of view, does not make them easy to read. The work is completed by short studies of certain of the main schools of gnosticism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 August 2013
This book is a real mind-twister - in the best possible way. The kind of book you might want to go back to a re-read ... and re-read. If you are at all interested in the Christian faith before Nicaea then give this a try.

The thoughts expressed may or may not be correct, but they ARE fascinating!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2012
I have taken a great deal of time and pleasure in reading these books that had been found, the descriptions are good and not too complicated to understand. The gospel of Mary Magdalene and Thomas are real eye opener's... Its a pity when the bible was put together that it did not include ALL texts and books, thus giving us a better picture of things in the time of Jesus.

Man always seems to interfere with "his" input.... not usually for the greater good...
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2010
This is a well-compiled version of the scriptures concerning Christ that did not make it into the New Testament... for the life, of me having read them, I can't understand why because everything written in for example 'The Gospel of Thomas' directly relates to what we read in the four gospels of the bible. It arrived in perfect condition and I am very pleased with the rapid delivery and supportive service provided by Amazon.
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on 4 February 2015
Prior to the advent of the New Testament, Christians and other interested parties circulated various texts that attempted to lay out the doctrines they should follow. Some of these contained influences from earlier religions such as Zoroastrianism, Dualism and Hellenic thought. Around 400 AD the bible was created much in the form we see today. Many texts - the so-called Gnostic Texts were banned and ordered to be destroyed. These texts and scriptures have been rescued from oblivion and are fascinating reading for anyone interested in philosophy and religious thought.
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