Essential Gnostic Scriptures

Paperback | November 22, 2011

byMarvin Meyer, Willis Barnstone

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The people we’ve come to call gnostics were passionate advocates of the view that salvation comes through knowledge and personal experience, and their passion shines through in the remarkable body of writings they produced over a period of more than a millennium and a half. Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer have created a translation that brings the gnostic voices to us from across the centuries with remarkable power and beauty—beginning with texts from the earliest years of Christianity—including material from the Nag Hammadi library—and continuing all the way up to expressions of gnostic wisdom found within Islam and in the Cathar movement of the Middle Ages. The twenty-one texts included here serve as a compact introduction to Gnosticism and its principal ideas—and they also provide an entrée to the pleasures of gnostic literature in general, representing, as they do, the greatest masterpieces of that tradition.

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The people we’ve come to call gnostics were passionate advocates of the view that salvation comes through knowledge and personal experience, and their passion shines through in the remarkable body of writings they produced over a period of more than a millennium and a half. Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer have created a translation t...

Born in Lewiston, Maine, Willis Barnstone was educated at Bowdoin, Columbia, the Sorbonne, and Yale. He taught in Greece at the end of the civil war (1949–51), and in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War. During the Cultural Revolution he went to China where he was later a Fulbright Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1984–85...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.49 × 5.46 × 0.73 inPublished:November 22, 2011Publisher:ShambhalaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590309251

ISBN - 13:9781590309254

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"An important sampler of relatively unknown spiritual literature."—Library Journal

"May well be the most comprehensive collection of Gnostic materials ever gathered into one volume. A valuable resource."—Publishers Weekly

"An enormously rich collection of sources—a wonderful achievement!"—Elaine Pagels, author of Beyond Belief