Editions of Gnostic Scripture and Writings...
Gnostic Scriptures edited by Bentley Layton
Layton provides outstanding translations with commentaries of the more
important scriptures from the Nag Hammadi collection, along with a large
number of quotations from and references to other Gnostic texts and
sources. An excellent (but scholarly) introduction to the study of Gnostic scriptures.
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Nag Hammadi Scriptures
edited by Marvin Meyer, introduction
by Elaine Pagels
The epochal new translation of the entire Nag Hammadi library has
finally arrived! Dr. Marvin Meyer has done a masterful job in
producing a volume that will serve for many decades as the standard
source. Scholarly understanding of the Gnostic texts found at Nag Hammadi
has vastly matured since their original publication as the Nag Hammadi
Library in 1977. This new edition fully reflects that refinement
in "the scholarly ear" for both the forgotten ancient tongue and
the spiritual tradition preserved in the Gnostic Coptic texts. In
every possible way, publication of The Nag Hammadi Scriptures
represents a milestone in modern understanding of Gnostic tradition.
Elaine Pagels, the author and professor who introduced a generation of
readers to the Gnostic Gospels, appropriately pens the introduction to
this landmark edition. Every student of Gnosticism will want to own
this book, but before jumping into the big volume, we still highly
recommend a study of some of the briefer introductory readings listed
Gnostic Bible, edited by Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer
A superb collection of original Gnostic texts, all gathered together in
a single book. Included here are the most important texts from Nag
Hammadi, along with a comprehensive selection of other Gnostic texts found
surviving in ancient and medieval sources. Each text is accompanied
by an excellent introduction and overview. This is currently the
single best collection of traditional Gnostic texts available.
Highly recommended. Buy the Book.
The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle by Karen King
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is one the most surprising and delightful
of the rediscovered Gnostic texts. This excellent new print edition of the
Gospel of Mary of Magdala by the widely respected scholar Karen King is
the best authorative edition available. It incorporates translations
of the Coptic Gospel of Mary found in 1896 in Cairo, along with the two
small Greek fragments of the text found at Oxyrhynchus.
Included is a superb introduction along with extensive commentary on the
text and its implications for modern understandings of early Christianity.
Highly Recommended. Buy the Book
Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus translated by
The Gospel of Thomas is the among the most accessible and
important of the Gnostic writings found at Nag Hammadi. Possibly
older than any of the four canonical Gospels, Thomas presents a
remarkable record of the sayings of the "living Jesus". Meyer's
introduction and an interpretive afterword by Harold Bloom, serve as very
useful entry points both for the study of this gospel and for Gnosticism
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Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age
by Stephen J. Patterson and James M. Robinson
Very readable edition of the important Gospel of Thomas.
The translation is accompanied by two excellent introductory
essays placing Thomas within the historical Gospel context.
The book is written by recognized scholars but addressed to a general
audience. This is one of the best available translations and
commentaries on the text. A highly recommended introduction to this
important Gnostic Gospel.
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Complete Gospels edited by Robert J. Miller
This is a nice collection of all extant "gospel" texts -- canonical,
Gnostic and other non-canonical writings -- all in new translations.
Included here are the Gospel of Thomas, Dialogue of the Savior, and Secret
Book of James from the Nag Hammadi codices, as well as the Gospel of Mary,
Secret Gospel of Mark, and the Q Sayings, and annotated editions of the
four canonical gospels. Miller gives excellent introduction to each
text and includes notes that are particularly useful.
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the Angel and the Column of Glory by Andrew Welburn
The resurgence of Gnostic studies has led to a renewed interest in the
world religion founded by the Prophet Mani (216-276 AD). During the last
century entire libraries of Manichean texts were unearthed in the orient,
but only recently in the context of Gnostic studies are scholars beginning
to evaluate these writings and the religion they witness. Andrew Welburn
presents here a wonderful introduction to the Gnosis of Mani, "Apostle of
Jesus Christ", along with the most accessible collection of Manichean
texts presently available. This is a book highly recommended to those
interested in the nature and history of Gnosticism.
(Unfortunately, this fine book is now out of print.)
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Fall of Sophia: A Gnostic Text on the Redemption of Universal
Consciousness by Violet MacDermot with a commentary by
Stephan A. Hoeller
This is a valuable new translation of the Pistis Sophia
by Violet MacDermot, who also served as one of the original translators of
the Nag Hammadi collection. Stephan Hoeller provides an introduction
to the text, helping place this important Gnostic scripture in context.
Recommended. (Pistis Sophia, the
traditional title of this text, is taken from "the Books of the Savior"
contained in the Askew codex -- see also the Mead version, below, which is available in our library.)
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Sophia: A Gnostic Miscellany by G. R. S. Mead
Until recent publication of the MacDermot translation (above), this was
the most readable translation of major portions of the Books of the Savior
(from the Askew codex, commonly titled Pistis Sophia) with
excerpts of related literature and valuable commentaries. Pistis
Sophia provides our major source on Valentinian Sophiology. Mead
provides a more complete and scholarly translation of Pistis Sophia
than does McDermot in her new edition -- Mead's version serves better for
reference use, and McDermot's for casual study. (This is a reprint
edition, and this entire book is available online in our library.)
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of a Faith Forgotten: A Contribution to the Study of the Origins of
Christianity by G. R. S. Mead
Mead offers here a superb exposition of virtually all Gnostic materials
extant prior to the Nag Hammadi discovery. Though first published over
nearly a century ago, this study still merits careful attention. (This is a reprint
edition, and this book is available online in our library.)
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