The Secret Teachings of Jesus
Four Gnostic Gospels
Paperback ISBN: 0394744330
This first translation of Gnostic texts from the Nag Hammadi manuscript, intended for a general audience, includes "The Secret Book of James," "The Gospel of Thomas," "The Book of Thomas," and "The Secret Book of John."
The First Christian Heretics
Paperback ISBN: 1842433393
Gnosticism is the name given to various religious schools that proliferated in the first centuries after Christ, nearly becoming the dominant form of Christianity, but was eventually branded as heretical by the emerging Christian church. The long and diverse history of Gnosticism is recounted here, as well as reasons for its continued relevance today. Although some Gnostic beliefs are close to mainstream Christianity, others examined here include that the world is imperfect because it was created by an evil god who was constantly at war with the true, good God; that Christ and Satan were brothers; that reincarnation exists; and that women are the equal of men. Also covered is the influence Gnostics had on the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, psychologist Carl Jung, the Existentialists, the New Age movement, and writers as diverse as William Blake, W. B. Yeats, Albert Camus, and Philip K. Dick.
The Gnostic Faustus
The Secret Teachings Behind the Classic Text
Paperback ISBN: 1594772045
Ramona Fradon shows the legend of Doctor Faustus to be a composite Gnostic creation myth that reveals the process of spiritual salvation. The elements of alchemy, sacramental sex, and worship of the divine feminine that are encoded in the Faust Book provide an account of spiritual initiation whose goal is ecstatic union with the divine.
A Story of Gnostic Illumination
Paperback ISBN: 1620556588
"A tale of initiation, adventure, and romance set within the medieval Crusades. Shares in novel form the mystical rituals and techniques of the Nizari Ismailis (the legendary Assassins) communicated to selected Knights Templar during the Crusades. Shows how the Gnostic traditions of the Cathars and Nizaris were blended to become the core of the "heretical" doctrines for which the Templars were later condemned. Sheds light on the contemporary conflict between Islam and the West and offers a natural path of reconciliation between these disparate cultures. Set within the dramatic tableau of the medieval Crusades, this story of initiation, adventure, and romance follows members of the Knights Templar and Assassins as they discover a mystical tradition with the potential to unify, protect, and liberate humankind--the very heresy for which the Knights Templar were later condemned. The tale begins with a young Persian student, Sinan, as he witnesses his teacher deliver the heretical Qiyama proclamation, seekingto abolish Islamic religious law in favor of a more mystical approach to spirituality. After completing his initiation into the revolutionary doctrines and practices of the Assassins--also known as the Nizari Ismailis or Hashishim--Sinan is appointed head of the Nizaris in Syria. Years later, after Sinan has become a wise and respected leader, he encounters Roland de Provence, a young member of the Knights Templar. Impressed by his courage and intelligence, Sinan selects him for initiation into the Nizari tradition. As readers follow Sinan and Roland through the process, they experience firsthand the transmission of these secret teachings and the paranormal, even magical powers of the Assassin adepts. Roland braves hashish journeys, mystical rituals, and divine epiphanies, as well as sexual awakening at the hands of Sinan's beautiful consort Aisha. When Roland completes his education with Sinan, he vows to share the Nizari teachings with his fellow Templars. However, he is met with strong opposition from his Templar commander, and factions within the Order quickly arise. As we follow Roland to southern France, we witness how he blends the Cathar and Nizari traditions to form the core of the "heresy" for which the Templars were later arrested and condemned. Now an outlaw, hunted by his Templar brethren, Roland is forced to choose between the beliefs with which he was raised and the realizations of his own personal truths. Bringing to life the historical truths of his expertly researched bestseller The Templars and the Assassins, James Wasserman artfully traces the evolution of the Western Esoteric Tradition during the fertile cultural interactions of the Crusades. His story also sheds light on the modern conflict between Islam and the West--which begana thousand years ago--and offers a natural path of reconciliation between our disparate cultures"--
The Secret Gospel of Thomas
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0375501568
Provides an analysis of the early origins of Christianity, based on the teachings from the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, exploring the faith of the early Christians and offering new interpretations of a range of topics.
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
Paperback ISBN: 0892819111
Presents a complete translation of the gnostic Gospel of Mary and includes commentary that reveals an emphasis on the divine feminine in early Christian thought and offers a new perspective on the life of Mary Magdalene.
The Gnostic Scriptures
A New Translation With Annotations and Introductions
Paperback ISBN: 0385478437
A collection of ancient gnostic and related scriptures includes the Sethian scripture, the writings of Valentinus, works by his followers, and scripture of the school of St. Thomas
A Gnostic Book of Hours
Keys to Inner Wisdom
Paperback ISBN: 0892540672
Within the Nag Hammadi Library, thought to have been written during the first two centuries c.e., are ancient texts written by a group who called themselves the Gnostics. June Singer has recast the wisdom found in these texts into a book of hours, the traditional framework for an ongoing meditative practice. Its purpose is to enable readers to maintain an awareness of the presence of the divine mystery within the everyday world. A Gnostic Book of Hours is divided into eight "offices" or prayers for different parts of the day: matins (midnight), lauds (daybreak), prime (beginning of the workday), terce, sext, none (the "little hours" during the work day), vespers (sundown) and compline (retiring to sleep). For each office, Singer has selected a text for each day of the week. She annotates and interprets the ancient text and makes it relevant to today's readers. "There are many paths to the holy," writes Singer, "and each of us must find our own. Each path leads through differing labyrinthine ways. Yet all come to the same center, the kingdom within. There the nameless One who is called by many names awaits us."