The Gnostic Discoveries: The Impact of the Nag Hammadi Library

December 12, 2006|
The Gnostic Discoveries: The Impact of the Nag Hammadi Library by Marvin W. Meyer
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The Meaning of the Nag Hammadi, now in paperback opens the with the thrilling adventure story of the discovery of the ancient Papyrii at Nag Hammadi. Muhammad Ali, the fellahin, discovered the sealed jar, he feared that it might contain a jinni, or spirit, but also had heard of hidden treasures in such jars. Greed overcame his fears and when he smashed open the jar, gold seemed to float into the air. To his disappointment, it was papyrus fragmenst, not gold, but for scholars around the world, it was invaluable.

Meyer then discusses the pre–Christian forms of wisdom that went onto influence what Christians believe today. In addition, some Nag Hammadi texts are attributed to Valentinus, a man who almost became Pope, and whose rejection changed the church in significant ways. Text by text, Meyer traces the history and impact of this great find on the Church, right up to our current beliefs and popular cultural fascination with this officially suppressed secret knowledge about Jesus and his followers.

Marvin Meyer is one of theforemostscholars on early Christianity and texts about Jesus outside the New Testament. He is Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California. Among his recent books areThe Gospel of Judas,The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus,The Gospels of Mary,The Gospel of Thomas, andThe ...
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Title:The Gnostic Discoveries: The Impact of the Nag Hammadi Library
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:256 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 0.58 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 0.58 in
Published:December 12, 2006
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780060858322

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