- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: W&N; New Ed edition (6 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753821141
- ISBN-13: 978-0753821145
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Gnostic Gospels Paperback – 6 Apr 2006
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If you must buy one of the many books being pumped out this season to capitalise on the film of the mega-selling book [THE DA VINCI CODE], this is the one to get. (SUNDAY HERALD (7.5.06))
As discussed in The Da Vinci Code... Long buried and suppressed, the Gnostic Gospels contain the secret writings attributed to the followers of Jesus.See all Product description
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Pagels, a specialist in the Gnostic gospels, presents the story of the find and outlines the philosophy with sympathy and clarity. In six succinct chapters, she reveals the drastic departure from what we know as Christianity today. Although others have questioned the notion of the Trinity, the Gnostics were firmly opposed to the tripartite division of one spirit into three identities. The "resurrection", so firmly entrenched in today's faith, was viewed in a completely different way by the Gnostics. Their writings contest the notion of Jesus as a deity in human form. Furthermore, the Gnostics couldn't accept the restricted group of "observers" of the resurrected Jesus that orthodox accounts relate. Displays of the spirit would occur down through time, they contested, and to all who were prepared to see it. This universal revelation overturned the sort of hierarchical structure that was developing among other Christians and would be endorsed by Constatine. The Gnostics felt relations with the deity should be universally available.Read more ›
Pagels does a good job of presenting the context in which the early Christians lived and eventually argued against one another. The debate was seemingly one over spiritual authority, and social and political issues played a part alongside purely religious disagreements between different factions.Read more ›
It was interesting to read the manuscript with 118 sayings of Christ gathered by St. Thomas known as the Gospel of St. Thomas. Although many of Christ's sayings are already in the New Testament there is one big difference: Jesus emphasizes salvation through self-knowledge and faith. Salvation through self-knowledge and faith makes more sense to me as salvation without self-knowledge would make us vulnerable to manipulation while salvation without faith could lead grandiosity and isolation.
"The Gnostic Gospels" invites the reader to deal with the old controversy-was the Bible divinely inspired or did it evolve at the hands of churchmen with various political, social and religious purposes? Why is the Gospel of St. Thomas not included, what constitutes being "divinely inspired" and is the Bible the only book God has written through humankind?
Solomon Schepps wrote in "The Lost Books of the Bible" that the official Biblical text was completed by two major counsels, in North Africa in Hippo (Augustine Bishopric) in 393, and in Carthage in 397. He said that there had been great difficulty in choosing the Gospels and after much debate, only four were chosen. The Gospel of St. Thomas was rejected as it opened by saying the he who understands the words of Jesus will be saved which is in direct contradiction to the chosen Gospels and Paul's Epistles, which says he who believes will be saved.Read more ›
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This looks most interesting - a friend of mine goes to gnostic classes and I have always been interested to know exactly what it means - now I will now (when I've waded through... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cynthia Rabet
The perfect book to read if you want to find out what it's all about!Published 14 months ago by Natalie Debrabandere
Great book. Full of incredibly important information if you wish to understand all world religions. Pagels is a great writer with a lightness of touch that prevents a dull dry read... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ragdoll Radio