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The Gnostic scriptures

Author: Bentley Layton; David Brakke
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press [2021] ©2021
Series: Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"A collection of extra-biblical scriptures written by the gnostics, updated with three ancient texts including the recently discovered Gospel of Judas." -- Publisher website.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bentley Layton; David Brakke
ISBN: 9780300208542 0300208545
OCLC Number: 1146587776
Language Note: Translated from the Coptic.
Description: xlvii, 712 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Frontmatter --
CONTENTS --
Preface to the First Edition --
Preface to the Second Edition --
General Introduction --
Editorial Method --
Explanation of Typographical and Reference Systems --
Other Accepted Names for the Works in This Collection --
Ancient Sources and Manuscripts of Works in This Collection --
List of Illustrations --
List of Abbreviations --
GNOSTIC SCRIPTURES --
I. CLASSIC GNOSTIC SCRIPTURE --
Historical Introduction --
The Secret Book According to John --
The Gospel of Judas --
The Revelation of Adam --
The Reality of the Rulers --
The Thunder--Perfect Intellect --
First Thought in Three Forms --
The Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit; or, The Egyptian Gospel --
Zōstrianos (excerpts) . --
The Foreigner (excerpts) --
The Three Tablets of Seth --
Satorninos (according to St. Irenaeus) --
The Gnostics (according to St. Irenaeus) --
"Other" Gnostic Teachings (according to St. Irenaeus) --
The Gnostics (according to Porphyry) --
The Sethians (according to St. Epiphanius) --
The Archontics (according to St. Epiphanius) --
The Gnostics (according to St. Epiphanius) --
II. THE WRITINGS OF VALENTINUS --
Historical Introduction --
Valentinus's Myth (according to St. Irenaeus) --
Fragments of Lost Works --
Summer Harvest --
The Gospel of Truth --
III. THE SCHOOL OF VALENTINUS --
Historical Introduction --
Ptolemy's Version of the Gnostic Myth (according to St. Irenaeus) --
A Prayer of Paul the Apostle --
The Tripartite Tractate --
Ptolemy's Epistle to Flora --
Treatise on Resurrection (Epistle to Rheginus) --
The Gospel According to Philip: A Valentinian Anthology --
Clement of Alexandria's Excerpts from Theodotus --
RELATED WRITINGS --
IV. THE SCHOOL OF ST. THOMAS --
Historical Introduction --
The Hymn of the Pearl; or, The Hymn of Jude Thomas the Apostle in the Country of the Indians --
The Gospel According to Thomas --
The Book of Thomas: The Contender Writing to the Perfect --
V. OTHER EARLY CURRENTS --
Historical Introduction --
The Writings of Basilides --
The Cosmological Fragments --
The Ethical Fragments --
The Hermetic Corpus (excerpts) --
Index of Names and Subjects --
Index of Scripture References.
Series Title: Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
Responsibility: translated with annotations and introductions by Bentley Layton ; with additions and revisions by David Brakke.

Abstract:

"A collection of extra-biblical scriptures written by the gnostics, updated with three ancient texts including the recently discovered Gospel of Judas." -- Publisher website.

This definitive introduction to the gnostic scriptures provides a crucial look at the theology, religious atmosphere, and literary traditions of ancient Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism. It provides authoritative translations of ancient texts from Greek, Latin, and Coptic, with introductions, bibliographies, and annotations. The texts are organized to reflect the history of gnosticism in the second through fourth century CE. This second edition provides updates throughout and adds three new ancient texts, including the recently discovered Gospel of Judas--from back cover.

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