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Overview Kurt Rudolph is the world's leading expert on the only branch of Gnosticism that has survived down to the present. He also is the scholar who has the most authoritative overview of the whole Gnostic phenomenon...his popular survey of Gnosticism does for the next generation what Hans Jonas's Gnostic Relligion did for the generation just past: present a readable and appealing introduction to what otherwise might seem an inaccessible religion of late antiquity.
Presents a readable and appealing introduction to what otherwise might seem an inaccessible religion of late antiquity.
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More About Kurt Rudolph
Kurt Rudolph is an internationally recognized authority on Gnosticism. He is professor of history of religion at Philipps Universitat, Marburg, West Germany.
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Gnosticism 101 Feb 20, 2007
If your passion is Gnosticism than this book is for you. One you would keep in your library. Very complete. I wish I owned the hard cover. This book will orient you to Gnosticism complete. I recommend reading this book BEFORE you read the Nag Hammadi Library. Not a book for everybody simply because you may not want to go into this much detail on the subject. After reading this book I can read more detailed Gnostic scriptures and have a much better understanding of what it is I am reading. This book was originally written in German by the Gnostic Scholar Kurt Rudolph. I enjoyed this book!
to Heady Jan 4, 2007
This book may be helpful to some, not me. It all seemed to be to heady, if that is a word, and I didn't feel the urge to go past the first page. As I said maybe for some, not for me.
A "Must Have" for Modern Gnostics Oct 3, 2006
GNOSIS: The Nature & History of Gnosticism by Kurt Rudolph is one of the ultimate resources on the subject of gnosis. A scholar of the very finest caliber, Rudolph meticulously explores the earliest origins of a loosely connected spiritual movement that can be historically traced back to at least the year One Common Era. Within this context the author alludes to the fact that Pagans, not just Christians, were associated to the Gnostic view of a universe under the domination of the Demiurge (Satan or exploitation). The author describes the inevitable conflict between the myriad Gnostics sects and the Church Establishment. The Gnostics were concerned with individual liberation, while the early Church was obsessed with imposing a rigid fundamentalism and considered the Gnostics to be the worst heretics-and dealt with them accordingly. The author also demonstrates the fact that Gnostics were involved in astrology, numerology & magic. He also states the compatibility of modern Gnosticism and socialism
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A Good Overview Aug 16, 2004
For someone looking for a reasonably detailed and well-written introduction to Gnosticism, this is an excellent starting point. Covering most of the major Gnostic phenomena, it covers a difficult topic in a way that is pretty easy to get into.
Sometimes, it is a bit "wordy" and heavy going, though overall, it is an excellent intro.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Touchdown! Mar 14, 2002
Rudolph the East German scores a touchdown on the zero yard line with this important expose of gnostics living and dead. While Hans Jonas tends to dwell on the myth of the pearl and the e-mail to soul trapped in Egypt, Rudolph crosses the line, and suffice it see his marshland journal of the Mandeans and the spread of the Manichees which reached the Pacific and installed gnosticism as a state relion in Uighurstan knows no equal. There are also pictures for the kids to color in.