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The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The International Edition [Hardcover]

By Marvin Meyer (Editor)
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This is the definitive collection of the gnostic writings translated and annotated by an international team of leading scholars. This is the most complete, up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the renowned library of fourth-century Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945, which rivaled the Dead Sea Scrolls find in significance. It includes the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and other Gnostic gospels and sacred texts. This volume also includes introductory essays, notes, tables, glossary, index, etc. to help the reader understand the context and contemporary significance of these texts which have shed new light on early Christianity and ancient thought.

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Studio: HarperOne
Pages   844
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 5.8" Height: 1.9"
Weight:   2.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2007
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060523786  
ISBN13  9780060523787  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Marvin Meyer, Ph.D. (1979) in Religion, Claremont Graduate School, is Professor of Religion at Chapman University, Orange, California, and Director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity. He has published extensively on ancient Gnostic and magical traditions. Paul Mirecki, Th.D. (1986) in Religious Studies, Harvard Divinity School, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. His publications include a wide variety of articles on ancient Mediterranean religions with a primary focus on Coptic papyrology.

Marvin Meyer currently resides in Orange, in the state of California.

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Essential  Mar 30, 2009
If you have any interest whatsoever in lost gospels, regardless of your religion, this edition of the Nag Hammadi scriptures is an essential addition to your personal library. It incorporates all of the widely known Gnostic gospels like The Gospel of Thomas and also has the more infamous Gospels like that of Judas and Mary. This book is also very informative on the very nature of "Gnosticism". The epilogue gives a brief history that helps to explain the distinctions the scholars use to differentiate between what's considered the Sethian school of Gnostic thought, Thomas Christianity, and the Valentinian school of Gnostic thought. In addition, every translation is preluded by it's own preface. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with this book.
Superb collection of a lost wisdom tradition  Feb 16, 2009
This collection contains recent translations of the Gnostic, Christian, and Hermetic writings recovered at Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945. In contrast to what a reviewer below maintained, however, this collection does NOT include all the Gnostic writings. The Books of Jeu, the Pistis Sophia, and various other writings are not here, possibly because they would have tripled the length of this already plentiful book.

This collection is one of those splendid combinations of able scholarship with clear and informative writing. The footnotes are also handy, if somewhat difficult to read (small print). Short essays at the end provide an erudite context for understanding the Sethian, Thomasian, Valentinian, and Hermetic sources of the writings in this volume.

Those unfamiliar with Gnostic studies might find that these works offer an entirely different perspective on the early Christian movements--because there was not just one. What we now think of as orthodox Christianity represents a legalist-literalist wing of early believers who responded to persecution by attempting to codify Christian doctrine. Irenaeus of Lyons, a prominent opponent of the Gnostics (in part because women left his congregation to join a group where they would be treated as equals), attempted to counter the threat he saw in Gnostic "heretics" by selecting four of perhaps thirty early gospels: namely, the four that generally avoided esotericism while laying out strict codes of behavior for believers. The writings he rejected went literally underground until they began to resurface in the 1700s, with the Nag Hammadi find the most comprehensive to date.

Once they did, perceptions of the spiritual legacy of the West began to change forever....

The Nag Hammadi   Feb 14, 2009
If you are looking for a complete collection of the gnostic works, I can definitely recommend this book. As it also includes the gospel Judas. It is a good complement to the bible and many of its writings challenges what is commonly believed in Christianity today. In the these scriptures Jesus is urging people to become like him (instead of just believing in him). There seems to be much more profoundness to Jesus teachings than what is grasped by religion. Jesus did not come to earth to form a new religion, he came here to show and lead people to truth and knowledge, Gnosis.
Very Compelling Reading!  Nov 27, 2008
Nag Hammadi Scriptures, The: The International Edition

Could not put this book down! There are no words to describe it, except maybe....enlightening.
Buy It!  Jun 30, 2008
This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in the scriptures. It tells the whole story.

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