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The Secret Teachings of Jesus: Four Gnostic Gospels
~MARVIN Y MEYER , Marvin W. Meyer
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Media: Paperback
ISBN/ASIN : 0394744330
Manufacturer : Random House USA Inc
Release data : 01 June, 1986

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1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Four amazing early Christian Gnostic texts from Nag Hamadi

Ancient Gnostic texts have revealed a long-forgotten form of relationship with between humanity and the divine, and a surprisingly unique perception of the divinity in these circles.

This book presents the latest translations of four texts from the Nag Hammadi library of Gnostic texts. The four texts chosen are classic Gnostic scriptures of particular importance to early Christianity. They are, "The Secret Book of James" (written by Jesus' brother), "The Gospel of Thomas" (the most prominent classic of Gnostic Christian spirituality, by Jesus' twin, Judas Thomas), "The Book of Thomas", and "The Secret Book of John" (by Jesus' disciple, John the fisherman).

Amazingly, each of these four authentic texts are specifically identified by the mysterious ancient authors, in the first verses, as containing secret information from Jesus Christ himself! These texts in particular make an essential contribution to our understanding of gnosticism and its role in early stages of the development of Christianity, seeming to shed welcome new light on some previously uncertain aspects of Christianity.

We should be extremely grateful for the opportunity to read these fascinating documents, which were until recently all but lost forever. The Gnostic movement was systematically oppressed, and its legacy systematically destroyed, long ago by its powerful opponents. The Gnostics were triumphant in this epic story, because, in their wisdom, they deliberately sealed away their sacred knowledge to be re-discovered at a time in the distant future such as this when they would be respected and appreciated. The Nag Hammadi library comprises 52 documents in 13 books, most of which were entirely unknown until the Nag Hammadi artefacts were discovered.

In this book an informative introduction, including the remarkable story behind the texts, prepares a clear passage for the reader's journey into this repository of ancient wisdom. The notes at the end of the book provide a concise commentary, with useful explanation and reference to other scriptures including the Bible, to complete the reader's learning experience. The relatively thin size of this volume makes it highly accessible - most people could probably read the whole book in a single weekend!

If you have the slightest interest in history or religion - especially Gnosticism or Christianity, then you will certainly enjoy this book.

The texts in this book really are an amazing and important part of human history, and everyone should at least have a look at them.

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    REIGNS OVER ALL

Four of the more intriguing Gnostic gospels are found here. Translated by a premeire theologian, Marvin W. Meyer lays out these gospels in a smooth and flowing style which is both enlightening and a pleasure to read. Included are some very in-depth notes and a most exhaustive bibliography. "Let one who seeks not stop seeking until one finds. When one finds, one will be disturbed. When one is disturbed, one will be amazed, and reign over all." -from The Gospel of Thomas

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Secret teachings? - the truth is out.

What with this excellent book and the truly remarkable "The Autobiography of Jesus of Nazareth and the Missing Years" by Richard G. Patton, there must be some serious head-scratching going on in ecumenical circles. After reading this book, I have to wonder how long the establisment Church can continue to deny Jesus's humanity. Give your religious beliefs a walk in the park - read this book.

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