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Published: 14 February 2013

336 Pages


ISBN: 9780199755318

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Introduction to "Gnosticism"

Ancient Voices, Christian Worlds

Nicola Denzey Lewis

  • The first textbook on the fascinating but often obscure topic of Gnosticism.
  • Explanation of relationship between these texts and the New Testament.
  • Diagrams of complicated cosmologies help students visualize concepts.
  • Glossary of technical terms / Assists students with the technical terms of the original sources.
  • Tables that compare and contrast similar texts / Many of the Nag Hammadi texts appear similar, but contain significant differences for interpretation and comprehension. Tables simplify these similarities and differences for students.
  • Explanation of philosophical movements in the Roman Empire (Platonism, Stoicism, etc.) and the social history of Christianity shows how these texts reflect ancient concerns and arguments, to put them in an explanatory context.
  • Images of the ancient manuscripts themselves / Looking at the fragmentary state of the original manuscripts highlights how professional textual scholars do their work.