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Gnosis on the Silk Road: Gnostic Parables, Hymns & Prayers from Central Asia Hardcover – December 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 405 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (December 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060645865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060645861
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this work, Klimkeit (history of religion, Univ. of Bonn) makes available for the first time in English a little-known corpus of texts that are extremely important for the study of Manicheanism, a serious rival to early Christianity. Klimkeit, who is German, translates the original mainly Persian, Parthian, Sogdian, and Turkish documents into good English. An introductory chapter sets forth the theological and historical milieu of these "Turfan texts," which are incomplete to fragmentary. Brief introductory comments precede each text, with generous notes following. The translations and notes were obviously made for those not conversant with the religions. This work will appeal to those studying Manicheanism and the Gnostic religions who are not comfortable with the original languages or who want an easily accessible compendium. For specialized collections only.
- Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Turkish

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is very nice. Although I have not finished reading it, the information that it reveals about the doctrine of an ancient 'religion of mind' that combined Christianity, Judeaism, Islam, Buddhism, Zoarster [or however it is spelled](etc.) is elevating. The book is a collection of Hyms that reveal some answers to the teachings of 'the Living Jesus' as expressed in the Gospel of Thomas and other 'Gnostic' gospels. All in all: if you are interested in knowledge of light or comparative religious studies, then the introduction alone is worth your purchase. Because much of the book is songs, the content is not all information, don't think it is to be read straight through...
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