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The Gnostic Gospels characters  7 ¾ [Download] ➽ The Gnostic Gospels By Elaine Pagels – The Gnostic Gospels is a landmark study of the long buried roots of Christianity a work of luminous scholarship and wide popular appeal First published in 1979 to critical acclaim winning the National The Gnostic Gospels is a landWork of luminous scholarship and wide popular appeal First published in to critical. Published in 1979 this award winning book is still an excellent introduction to the Nag Hammadi library discovered in Egypt in 1945 consisting of 52 Coptic texts bound in 13 codices Nearly all of the works are of gnostic origin and represent the most complete record of this sect that flourished during the earliest centuries of the Christian eraPagels focuses on how these gnostic texts present strikingly different constructs of God Jesus and the church from those of the institutional Christian church that developed the orthodoxy that prevailed to some extent she suggests because of political decisions favoring survival including declaring gnostic beliefs to be hereticalChapters review a series of major conflicts between orthodox and gnostic beliefs including whether Christ's resurrection was literal or symbolic political dimensions of monotheism the gender of God martyrdom the True church and orthodox tradition vs self knowledgeThis is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the variety of beliefs competing within early Christianity

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Acclaim winning the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Nag Hammadi texts containing the Gnostic Gospels were found in Egypt in 1945 These codices were compiled in the 4th century AD but the gospels themselves date to the 2nd century AD The Gnostic teachings are uite different from those of the orthodoxy The Gnostics had an egalitarian approach to the sexes Sex itself was held a sacrament and Jesus himself had a consort in Mary Magdalene All this points to one of the most fundamental differences of Gnosticism to the Orthodox Christianity which snuffed it out God is ultimately male and femaleA second major difference is the consideration of the scriptures themselves They were stories and a fundamentalist interpretation of them was impossible The very same sect of Gnostics could embrace books that gave two different accounts of the same thing This was possible because the Gnostics were storytellers not metaphysical historians The truth was not in the stories but in the goal of the stories which was a direct experience of the divine or higher spiritual statesThis leads us into the most important major difference between the Gnostics and the Orthodoxy; the Gnostics believed the journey to God was a journey within The connection to divinity was present in the individual not an exterior churchIt is easy to see why Gnosticism was not popular with the emerging Holy Roman Empire during the 4th century If the church was to retain power if Rome was to remain an empire in any way it had to be necessary as a bridge to the divine Pagles shows how the establishment of what became Catholicism was politically rather than divinely inspired A must read for anyone interested in early Christianity

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The Gnostic GospelsThe Gnostic Gospels is a landmark study of the long buried roots of Christianity a. As someone who was subjected to Catholic school for 12 years I've always been somewhat interested in all the Gnostic texts that didn't get included in the bible So when I saw this on my girlfriend's bookshelf I had to give it a readChapter 1 Chapter 1 examines whether or not Christ actually rose from the dead or if it was a symbolic not literal event Chapter 2 Chapter 2 covers the structure of the Catholic church and how it ties back to Peter and the Apostles one of many church ideas the Gnostics challenged It also examines the Gnostic believe that the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament weren't the same God something that formed the basis of Karl Edward Wagner's Kane seriesChapter 3 Chapter 3 examines the lack of female symbolism in Christianity and talks about Gnostic texts that assign female characteristics to the Holy Spirit and other aspects of Christianity like the creation in Genesis and God's traditional depictionChapter 4 Chapter 4 talks about whether or not there were some shenanigans at the crucifixion involving the old switcheroo or Jesus faking his death or even Jesus not being human It also discusses the persecution of Christians during the early yearsChapter 5Chapter 5 chronicles the fighting between the various Christian sects during the early years over their beliefsChapter 6Chapter 6 is the real meat of the book Gnostic teachings and ritualsLike the conclusion of the book says History is written by the winners It's easy to see why some of the things in this book weren't included in the bible and perplexing that some of it wasn't Would it have killed early church leaders to include some pro female contentI will now return to my regularly scheduled reviews featuring robbery gun play magic and monsters