By Willis Barnstone, Marvin Meyer
Gnosticism was once a wide-ranging non secular circulation of the 1st millennium CE—with past antecedents and later flourishings—whose adherents sought salvation via wisdom and private non secular event. Gnostic writings provide outstanding views on either early Christian and non-Christian suggestion. for instance, a few gnostic texts recommend that god will be celebrated as either mom and dad, and that self-knowledge is the preferrred route to the divine. in simple terms long ago fifty years has it turn into transparent how some distance the gnostic impact unfold in old and medieval religions—and what a wonderful physique of scriptures it produced.
The decisions collected the following, in poetic, readable translation, characterize Jewish, Christian, airtight, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar expressions of gnostic spirituality. Their areas of starting place comprise Egypt, the Greco-Roman global, the center East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. additionally integrated are introductions, notes, an in depth word list, and a wealth of feedback for additional examining.