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The Essential Gnostic Gospels: Including the Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Thomas & the Gospel of Maryby Alan Jacobs
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The Gnostics were early Christians whose beliefs and practices put them at odds with the orthodox Church; indeed, the Church considered Gnostics to be heretics and made a concerted effort to destroy their writings. However, in 1945, a remarkable discovery was made in Nag Hamadi, in the Egyptian desert: a jar containing 13 papyrus documents, dating back to the fourth century ad, with genuine Gnostic texts in the original Greek. In addition, this manuscript included four gospels that offered accounts of Jesus and His times that are strikingly different from the New Testament. Alan Jacobs brings his unrivalled scholarship to bear on these illuminating and eye-opening works, offering inspiring and poetic translations that capture the verses uplifting spiritual message and beauty.
Gnostics were condemned as heretics by the early Church and many of their writings burned. Today, thanks to books such as The Da Vinci Code, theyre back in the public eye. These authoritative translations present nearly two dozen Gnostic works—including the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Thomas—in an inspiring collection sure to appeal to modern spiritual seekers.
Alan Jacobs brings his unrivalled scholarship to bear on these texts, many of which address perennial questions of good and evil, sin and suffering, and the path to salvation.
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