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The Secret Initiation Of Jesus At Qumran: The Essene Mysteries Of John The Baptist
The Secret Initiation Of Jesus At Qumran
The Essene Mysteries Of John The Baptist
Paperback      ISBN: 1591430445
"An examination of the early, mysterious Essene community at Qumran that links it with John the Baptist, Jesus, and the beginnings of Christianity"--Provided by publisher.
Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Beyond Belief
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 Gnostics: The First Christian Heretics
The Gnostics
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 Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus
The Gospel of Thomas
The Hidden Sayings of Jesus
Hardcover      ISBN: 006065581x
A new English translation, including the original Coptic text and commentary by the preeminent critic, Harold Bloom, shows a different Jesus than the canonical Gospels--one with much in common with the Greek sophists and the Eastern mystics. $15,000 ad/promo.
Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Beyond Belief
The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Paperback      ISBN: 0375703160
The award-winning author of The Gnostic Gospels provides an intriguing 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 revealing new interpretations of such topics as the creation of Eve, the virigin birth, and the nature of our relationship with God. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
The Gospel Of Thomas: The Gnostic Wisdom Of Jesus
The Gospel Of Thomas
The Gnostic Wisdom Of Jesus
Paperback      ISBN: 1594770468
A new translation and analysis of the gospel that records the actual words of Jesus • Explores the gnostic significance of Jesus's teachings recorded in this gospel • Explains the true nature of the new man whose coming Jesus envisioned • Translated and interpreted by the author of the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip One of the cache of codices and manuscripts discovered in Nag Hammadi, the Gospel of Thomas, unlike the canonical gospels, does not contain a narrative recording Christ's life and prophecies. Instead it is a collection of his teachings--what he actually said. These 114 logia, or sayings, were collected by Judas Didymus Thomas, whom some claim to be Jesus's closest disciple. No sooner was this gospel uncovered from the sands of Upper Egypt than scholars and theologians began to bury it anew in a host of conflicting interpretations and polemics. While some say it is a hodgepodge from the canonical gospels, for others it is the source text from which all the gospel writers drew their material and inspiration. In this new translation of the Gospel of Thomas, Jean-Yves Leloup shows that the Jesus recorded by the "infinitely skeptical and infinitely believing" Thomas has much in common with gnostics of non-dualistic schools. Like them, Jesus preaches the coming of a new man, the genesis of the man of knowledge. In this gospel, Jesus describes a journey from limited to unlimited consciousness. The Jesus of Thomas invites us to drink deeply from the well of knowledge that lies within, not so that we may become good Christians but so we may attain the self-knowledge that will make each of us, too, a Christ.
A Gnostic Book of Hours: Keys to Inner Wisdom
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."
The Sacred Embrace of Jesus And Mary: The Sexual Mystery at the Heart of the Christian Tradition
The Sacred Embrace of Jesus And Mary
The Sexual Mystery at the Heart of the Christian Tradition
Paperback      ISBN: 1594771014
An examination of how the teachings of Jesus reveal the essential role of sexuality in spiritual growth and transformation • Shows that Jesus did not come to redeem humanity from the life of the flesh, but to honor it as a spiritual path • Uses Hebrew, gnostic, and early Christian source texts to reveal the true context of the words attributed to Jesus • Explores the spiritual and physical relationship shared by Jesus and Mary Magdalene Of all the major religions, Christianity is the only one that has utterly rejected sexuality as one of the many paths that can lead to enlightenment and salvation. But if Jesus was indeed “the Word made flesh
Gnostic Mysteries of Sex: Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity
Gnostic Mysteries of Sex
Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity
Paperback      ISBN: 1620554216
An exploration of the sexual practices and doctrinal secrets of Gnosticism • Reconstructs the lost world of Gnostic spiritual-erotic experience through examination of every surviving text written by heresiologists • Investigates the sexual gnosis practices of the Barbelo Gnostics of the 2nd century and their connections to the Gnostic Aeon Sophia, the Wild Lady of Wisdom • Explains the vital significance of “the seed
Mysteries of the Bridechamber: The Initiation of Jesus and the Temple of Solomon
Mysteries of the Bridechamber
The Initiation of Jesus and the Temple of Solomon
Paperback      ISBN: 1594771936
Jesus reinstated the tradition of sacred consortship--the bridechamber sacrament--whereby the marriage of the masculine and feminine energies was effected. This rite was the primary focus of Jesus’ teachings, the very heart of his exhortations to love thy neighbor, and the source of his healing power.