The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus

Author: Marvin W. Meyer
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061965937
Release Date: 2009-09-15
Genre: Religion

For all those readers curious to read the actual texts of the Gnostic Gospels, here is the definitive collection of all the Gnostic Gospels and Gospel–like texts. o Marvin Meyer, premier scholar of Gnostic and other Christian literature outside the New Testament, presents every Gnostic Gospel and Jesus text with a brilliant overall introduction, introductions to each text, and notes that explain everything the reader needs to know to understand the text. He includes his latest translations of not only the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Gospel of Mary, but other texts such as the Secret Book of John, which some scholars regard as the second part of the New Testament Gospel of John. The material is largely from the discovery at Nag Hammadi, freshly translated and introduced, but also includes texts found elsewhere. The texts, especially taken together, present an image of Jesus as the ultimate wisdom teacher, a kind of mysterious Jewish Zen master, who scandalized listeners by his radical egalitarianism (regarding women, slaves, the poor, the marginalized as of equal status, or more, with establishment male believers) and his insistence on living the message, spiritual experience, vs. outer observance only. o For those wanting to learn more after reading The Da Vinci Code. This book provides the definitive next book for those looking for expert presentation of the alternative Gnostic stream of Christianity, in which there is no talk of crucifixion and Mary Magdalene is presented as the disciple that Jesus loved best. "Marv is one of the original secret gospels scholars who has done an enormous amount of work to bring these texts to light. All of his research on the Nag Hammadi texts is having an incredible impact on our knowledge of early Christian history––it is virtually redefining it." ––Dr. Elaine Pagels, Princeton University

The Secret Gospels of Jesus

Author: Marvin W. Meyer
Publisher: Darton Longman and Todd
ISBN: 0232526184
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Apocryphal books (New Testament).

Written by an expert in the field of the Gnostic and secret Gospels, this is a clear, straightforward book designed for general readers, on new translations and introductions to every Gnostic Gospel and Jesus text, with an extensive introduction to the whole collection.

Jesus Tried and True

Author: H. H. Drake Williams
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 9781621896371
Release Date: 2013-01-11
Genre: Religion

Are the gospels found within the New Testament superior to others? Has the church unfairly chosen Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John while leaving out many others? Are there truly lost Christianities that would enrich our understanding of Jesus? Would modern-day seekers as well as followers of Jesus be better served by including gospels outside of the New Testament in their understanding of Jesus? Jesus Tried and True answers these questions by examining the date, source, and reception of the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and then comparing this data with the other gospels. It assesses this information by looking within these gospels and also evaluating early church history, examining the writings of early church writers such as Papias, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Eusebius. It then compares these findings with the date, source, and reception of the non-canonical gospels that have received the most attention lately such as the Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Mary, Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Philip, and Gospel of Peter. There is also a brief survey of thirteen of the most important non-canonical gospels. The survey provides an opinion on the dependence of these upon the gospels within the New Testament. Jesus Tried and True affirms the superiority of the New Testament gospels. It concludes by addressing whether non-canonical gospels are lost Christianities and also whether the designation apocryphal is appropriate for other gospels.

The Gospel of Judas Second Edition

Author: Rodolphe Kasser
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 9781426204159
Release Date: 2008-06-17
Genre: Religion

For 1,600 years its message lay hidden. When the bound papyrus pages of this lost gospel finally reached scholars who could unlock its meaning, they were astounded. Here was a gospel that had not been seen since the early days of Christianity, and which few experts had even thought existed–a gospel told from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, history’s ultimate traitor. And far from being a villain, the Judas that emerges in its pages is a hero. In this radical reinterpretation, Jesus asks Judas to betray him. In contrast to the New Testament Gospels, Judas Iscariot is presented as a role model for all those who wish to be disciples of Jesus and is the one apostle who truly understands Jesus. Discovered by farmers in the 1970s in Middle Egypt, the codex containing the gospel was bought and sold by antiquities traders, secreted away, and carried across three continents, all the while suffering damage that reduced much of it to fragments. In 2001, it finally found its way into the hands of a team of experts who would painstakingly reassemble and restore it. The Gospel of Judas has been translated from its original Coptic to clear prose, and is accompanied by commentary that explains its fascinating history in the context of the early Church, offering a whole new way of understanding the message of Jesus Christ. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Alternative Christianities

Author: Vince Nicolas
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781491829196
Release Date: 2014-02-17
Genre: Religion

“Alternative Christianities” is a series of books, articles, and lectures. This is only Volume I which introduces the many ancient Christian sects that were ostracized and had their Sacred Scriptures (what they were taught by one Jesus’ direct Disciples) not only left out of the New Testament but also suppressed, banned, and destroyed in the early centuries of Christianity by the emerging universal (catholic) Christian Church. Vince Nicolas is a historian not a theologian. Vince is a teacher not a preacher. Vince extensively researched this subject from the works of the best university religious studies professors in the United States. Additionally in compiling his treatise, Vince learned how the New Testament, besides more Sacred Scriptures were consciously being left out than included, many of the texts that were included had been repeatedly changed either accidentally or intentionally to suit the emerging Christian church and their "preferred Christian teachings;" then to accommodate the numerous and compounded Protestant Reformations. Consequently today there is not ONE Christian Bible or ONE Christian religion but dozens of versions of the Christian Bible and thousands of iterations of Christian religions, denominations, sects, and cults. Christianity is a hodgepodge disaster as viewed by outsiders! A 20th century discovery of these discarded ancient texts brought them back to light. More amazing are the differences from the “traditional” Christianity being taught and followed today. This made many of today’s Biblical scholars, theologians, and university professors question whether we all have been led down the wrong Christian path for the past 2,000 years. In fact, these ancient discarded Alternative Christianities even make more sense in today’s world and brings Christianity back to being a religion of "Good News"! Maybe these recent discoveries were a “Divine intervention” to adjust Christianity back onto its right path; the real path that was intended by Jesus Christ? Maybe people now can have a fresh and refreshing new look at Christianity? Volume I is guaranteed to pique your interest, get you hooked, and make you want to go more in depth in Volumes II and III. This treatise is not only very enlightening and educational for Christians but also for our intertwined Abrahamic-descendant Judaism and Islam relatives. This is an ecumenical book; it is not meant to convert anyone, promote any religion, or disseminate anyone’s beliefs. This series is a MUST READ for any serious theology or religious studies student to have a complete comprehension of the Bible and Christianity, especially if they are going to teach or preach it intelligently and correctly; or just for your own education. WARNING: This series will ruffle many feathers among the ultra-conservative and closed-minded communities and promises to be very controversial! GET YOUR CORRECT FACTS HERE.

The Gnostic World

Author: Garry W. Trompf
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317201847
Release Date: 2018-10-03
Genre: Religion

The Gnostic World is an outstanding guide to Gnosticism, written by a distinguished international team of experts to explore Gnostic movements from the distant past until today. These themes are examined across sixty-seven chapters in a variety of contexts, from the ancient pre-Christian to the contemporary. The volume considers the intersection of Gnosticism with Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Indic practices and beliefs, and also with new religious movements, such as Theosophy, Scientology, Western Sufism, and the Nation of Islam. This comprehensive handbook will be an invaluable resource for religious studies students, scholars, and researchers of Gnostic doctrine and history.

Die Freude des Evangeliums

Author: Franziskus (Papst),
Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH
ISBN: 9783451801501
Release Date: 2013-12-12
Genre: Religion

"Ich weiß sehr wohl, dass heute die Dokumente nicht dasselbe Interesse wecken wie zu anderen Zeiten und schnell vergessen werden. Trotzdem betone ich, dass das, was ich hier zu sagen beabsichtige, eine programmatische Bedeutung hat und wichtige Konsequenzen beinhaltet ... Ich wünsche mir eine arme Kirche für die Armen." Papst Franziskus Das vollständige Dokument plus Einführung und Themenschlüssel

The Christ Myth

Author: C. Delisle Burns
Publisher: Wentworth Press
ISBN: 0270444408
Release Date: 2018-07-26
Genre: History

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Jesus und die Suche nach dem urspr nglichen Evangelium

Author: James McConkey Robinson
Publisher: Ruprecht Gmbh & Company
ISBN: 3525573073
Release Date: 2007
Genre: Religion

Das Evangelium Jesu - eine ungewöhnliche Suche Robinson wirft einen kritischen Blick auf unser traditionelles europäisches Bild von Jesus und seinem Evangelium. Er begibt sich auf eine ungewöhnliche Suche nach der authentischen Botschaft Jesu. Das wahre Evangelium Jesu ist nach dem Ansatz von Robinson in unserer biblischen Tradition, den Evangelien, nichtkanonischen Schriften und der mündlichen Tradition nur verborgen enthalten und muss entdeckt werden. Robinson begibt sich auf die Suche nach dem, was Jesus selbst in Galiläa gepredigt hat. Jesus sprach vom "Königreich Gottes", um seinem Verständnis vom Zusammenleben der Menschen Ausdruck zu geben. Er stellte sich damit in bewussten Gegensatz zu anderen politischen und sozialen Systemen und zu dem individuellen Streben nach Anerkennung und Macht. In seinem Buch ruft Robinson zentrale Punkte des Entstehungsweges unserer Bibel in Erinnerung: Die Verschriftlichung der Botschaft wird frühestens ein halbes Jahrhundert nach Jesu Tod greifbar. Neben den kanonisch gewordenen Texten gibt es eine Reihe weiterer Schriften, die von der Botschaft Jesu berichten. Robinson wirft einen kritischen Blick auf das Bild, das wir in Europa traditionell von Jesus und seinem Evangelium haben. In ungewöhnlicher Denkweise heftet sich Robinson dem Menschen Jesus und der Jüngerschaft an die Fersen und durchleuchtet die Entstehung und Ausbreitung der Evangelien und der Kirche. Inhalt Beiträger