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The Nag Hammadi Library in English: Revised Edition [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

James M. Robinson
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12. Oktober 1990

This revised, expanded, and updated edition of The Nag Hammadi Library is the only complete, one-volume, modern language version of the renowned library of fourth-century manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945.

First published in 1978, The Nag Hammadi Library launched modern Gnostic studies and exposed a movement whose teachings are in many ways as relevant today as they were sixteen centuries ago.

James M. Robinson's updated introduction reflects ten years of additional research and editorial and critical work. An afterword by Richard Smith discusses the modern relevance of Gnosticism and its influence on such writers as Voltaire, Blake, Melville, Yeats, Kerouac, and Philip K. Dick.

Acclaimed by scholars and general readers alike, The Nag Hammadi Library is a work of major importance to everyone interested in the evolution of Christianity, the Bible, archaeology, and the story of Western civilization.

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  • Taschenbuch: 576 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperOne; Auflage: Reprint (12. Oktober 1990)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0060669357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060669355
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,6 x 15,4 x 3,7 cm
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The Nag Hammadi Library was discovered in 1945 buried in a large stone jar in the desert outside the modern Egyptian city of Nag Hammadi. It is a collection of religious and philosophic texts gathered and translated into Coptic by fourth-century Gnostic Christians and translated into English by dozens of highly reputable experts. First published in 1978, this is the revised 1988 edition supported by illuminating introductions to each document. The library itself is a diverse collection of texts that the Gnostics considered to be related to their heretical philosophy in some way. There are 45 separate titles, including a Coptic translation from the Greek of two well-known works: the Gospel of Thomas, attributed to Jesus' brother Judas, and Plato's Republic. The word gnosis is defined as "the immediate knowledge of spiritual truth." This doomed radical sect believed in being here now--withdrawing from the contamination of society and materiality--and that heaven is an internal state, not some place above the clouds. That this collection has resurfaced at this historical juncture is more than likely no coincidence. --P. Randall Cohan

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James M. Robinson, consultant for this collection, is widely known for his groundbreaking contribution as the permanent secretary of UNESCO's International Committee for the Nag Hammadi codices, and his many published works on Gnostic texts and the Sayings Gospel Q.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Revelations of the Heavenly Pleroma 8. Dezember 2002
This is an overwhelming body of work to digest - mercifully the explanatory introductions to each of the 45 chapters help a lot to make sense of it all. Just like the Dead Sea scrolls, these texts cast new light on the early years of the Christian era. Not all the books are strictly speaking Gnostic scriptures, as it even includes a part of Plato's "Republic." None of them refers to itself as "gnostic" and not all stand in the Christian tradition. There are text with strings of vowels and magic words/mantras that will make sense to New Agers, e.g. sound healing by stimulating the charkas. The excellent introduction by James M. Robinson discusses what is known about the history of the Gnostics, the background to the documents and their theological significance. The works that I find fascinating include The Gospels of Thomas and Philip, The Thunder: Perfect Mind, The Concept Of Our Great Power, Asclepius 21 - 29, The Three Steles of Seth, The Exegesis of the Soul, Zostrianos and The Apocalypse of Peter. Although there are different approaches and contradictions, I get the following main message from the Nag Hammadi texts: every individual must find the divine in themselves, in other words, the kingdom of heaven is within. The afterword by Richard Smith: The Modern Relevance of Gnosticism, is particularly relevant and readable as it traces Gnostic ideas through Edward Gibbon, the Enlightenment writers, William Blake, W.B. Yeats, Helena Blavatsky, Carl Jung, Herman Hesse, Nicholas Roeg's film The Man Who Fell To Earth, science fiction writers like Philip K. Dick and beat writers like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. This is a brilliant piece and I am inspired by the excerpt from Jung's "Abraxas" poem to further investigate the Jung connection. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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I read the Nag Hammadi Library after reading Pistis Sophia and I Highly Recommended this to familiarize with wording and text style.I spent the better part of two years reading the various chapters.This much time was needed for me due to self spiritual paths ventured upon prior to reading said texts.It really takes a sharp mind and pure heart to accept the knowledge briefed upon in this book.The knowledge enters your heart and soul rather than your mind and rational self, actually leaving your rational self in a bit of a fog.Many times I found myself unable to stay awake after reading a chapter or two,but was awakened feeling like somehow I understood.Some of my favorite parts were The Dialogue Of The Saviour;where Jesus returned to teach his disciples on the lessons to be gained in this and other spiritual planes.Book Of Genesis;where I learned that the true Adam and Eve were named Sophia (Pistis Sophia) and Barbelo (Jesus) and that who else would be the true Adam but Jesus? Anyway without the grace of God Sophia and Adamus created the chaos.Here.That explains why God sent Jesus(Barbelo) as our saviour so that we all could be in some way like him and continue with the nature of things Bettering ourselves for the good of all.That part explained the Why? I had always placed on this subject.I learned alot about myself while reading this book on my intellect, spiritual self, adapting to new ways of thinking and seeing. I guess you could say that this book has in many ways changed me.The part I find most rewarding is that it was all for the better.If you are an intelligent open-minded adult looking for a challenge I truly reccommend this one. Also for the reader looking for answers into religion without looking into religions. The various stlyes of writing I found very romantic and full of emotion. Truly a book for the reader looking to feel the words and hear the meaning.The rewards you find may surprise you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ancient and enlightening 9. Dezember 2005
This collection of texts gives a fascinating view of early Christian texts and views, particularly in light of the fact that these were not the writings that made it into the mainstream of church and biblical canonical development, but rather were influential in an underground, almost subversive way, in much of ancient and oriental Christianity -- were it not for the existence of texts such as these, indeed, we would not have the canon of the Bible which we have today (the political motivations behind deciding which books belonged in the Bible and which books didn't owe largely to texts such as those in the Nag Hammadi Library).
'This volume...marks the end of one stage of Nag Hammadi scholarship and the beginning of another. The first stage was concerned with making this library of texts available; the second stage has been characterised by the discussion and interpretation of the texts.'
This book represents an advance in both translation and analysis; this is part of the canon of the Gnostic sect, which saw more orthodox Christianity (from which Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant bodies derive) as the ones who were heretical.
'The Nag Hammadi library also documents the fact that the rejection was mutual, in that Christians described there as 'heretical' seem to be more like what is usually thought of as 'orthodox'.'
Gnosticism was ultimately eliminated from mainstream Christianity, save the occasional resurgence of underground and spiritual movements. Of course, Gnosticism was not an exclusively Christian-oriented phenomenon: many of the texts refer to Hebrew Scriptures only, and the question of Jewish Gnosticism is discussed by Robinson.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Nag Hammadi's
I have had the Nag Hammadi at my bedside now for over 15 years. I never cease to study it at least weekly. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2000 von Rhea Ambrose
5.0 von 5 Sternen a right scholarly translation....
...of the lost "Gnostic Gospels." I particularly liked, and grieved over, that of Mary Magdalene, who claimed that Jesus liked her best and often kissed her on the mouth... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2000 von Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA
4.0 von 5 Sternen Yashua(jesus) was initiated into the Egiptian Mystery School
This book is very excellent, and I recommend that any Christian take to heart of the text, and then research Egyptian Wisdom writings, because it will prove that Yashu'a(jesus)... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2000 von Nefertem
5.0 von 5 Sternen great compilation
Many people among my acquaintances do not even realize books outside the Bible exist. If one asks me where to look relating to Gnosticism, this is the place to go to read actual... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 20. Mai 2000 von Yak
5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent brain-stretching book!
After reading Elaine Pagel's "Gnostic Gospels" I was thrilled to find a copy of the Nag Hammadi library. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. März 2000 von Erik L. Arneson
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The Nag Hammadi collection of ancient sacred writings, including the very helpful introductions, should be included in every copy of the Bible. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 3. Dezember 1999 von Tom Lembke
4.0 von 5 Sternen The First Cult
This book is an amazing read for the pure reason that it contains the ancient texts of the members of the first recorded cult-- the gnostics. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 25. November 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen I just love Gnosticism
In brief, this is what the Nag Hammadi Library is about: 1. Eve was the first human to be created so that she can illuminate Adam from his ignorance. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. November 1999 von O. B. Makhubela
5.0 von 5 Sternen unadulterated truth
Further to suggestions that these books are too far removed from history and less authoritive than 1st century works, because they were written 100 years later is untrue. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Oktober 1999 von Mr P. J. Ruane
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Gnostic Library rediscovered
This book presents English translations of what is called the Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of thirteen codices belonging to a Gnostic sect that were discovered in Egypt in... Lesen Sie weiter...
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