Gnostic Gospels


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Gnostic Gospels

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maig 20, 2007, 6:09pm

I am interested in the Nag Hammadi Library and related literature such as the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Judas. I especially like the scholarship of Bart Ehrman, Karen L. King.

oct. 8, 2007, 7:27am

there is a thinly veiled Christian site on the web that explains these gospels and says bluntly they are forgeries.

i don't trust it. i simply do not know if such works by mary magdelene, judas, and thomas are forgeries?!

i would like references more than the #1's names for reading and research. i love the gospel of thomas that has jesus looking more Tao than Christian. Is that a pun of the deepest kind?

oct. 31, 2007, 2:55pm

Here are some additional names and titles:

Jean-Yves Leloup The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
Bentley Layton The Gnostic Scriptures
The Nag Hammadi Library James M. Robinson editor.

It depends a little what forgery implies to you. Are these documents genuinely ancient documents? Yes. Are they authored by the individuals associated with them? Probably not.

Elaine Pagels The Gnostic Gospels is a very sympathetic treatment of the subject.

Karen L. King The Gospel of Mary of Magdala The Secret Revelation of John. The latter I have actually read part of, and I am finding it very scholarly. King and Pagels have collaborated on a study of the Gospel of Judas.

oct. 31, 2007, 3:53pm

Not long ago bought Lost Scriptures by Bart Ehrman though haven't yet read it. Gospel of Thomas I first read very many years ago. But when I (tried to) read The Gospel of Judas it was basically incomprehensible - or would have been without the commentary which explained the meaning and put the text in context. The other problem is that there seem to be a lot of 'gnostic' or 'hidden gospel' books on the shelves at the moment. Some of them riding on the back of The Da Vinci Code although many others were present before, so that book could be taken as a sympton of the interest in these aspects of religion. Conspiracy theory often seems to be involved. It's very hard for someone such as myself to judge the reputation of the author or whether a book is written by a charlatan to make money. I suppose the answer is to see books recommended by authors known to be 'kosher' like Elaine Pagels mentioned above.

nov. 8, 2007, 10:04am

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