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The Essential Gnostic Gospels: Including the Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Thomas & the Gospel of Mary Paperback – January 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906787336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906787332
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. B. on October 12, 2010
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The description of the book says "Alan Jacobs brings his unrivalled scholarship...." This is an anthology of texts (gnostic) transcribed as if they were poems! .... In sum, a collection of difficult texts, poorly transcribed, with a superficial introduction of 11 pages! There is no scholarship; no notes, no explanations, no nothing. Only a bunch of texts that are available over the Internet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bgandl on May 2, 2012
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I love what he is attempting to do here, but he has little feel for the material. His word choices are often awkward and seem to obscure the meaning at times. Clumsy and poorly chosen. He approaches this material as a poet but the result just doesn't sing.
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By Joseif Pinkston on February 15, 2014
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Interesting for those who've read the Bible and want to learn more. However, this version does not go into detail on the origin of discovery for each gospel. It could also use references to supporting text.
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More About the Author

Alan Jacobs was born in 1929 in London. From an early age, he has been interested in religion and mysticism. He commenced a personal search for truth, and studied comparative religion. He then entered the Gurdjieff Society in 1957 and remained there until the early seventies. He then met Jiddu Krishnamurti, and studied his teachings until 1979.

Next, he discovered Ramana Maharshi and became familiar with his extensive literature and spiritual practice. He is currently President of the Ramana Maharshi Foundation, UK.

Alan's first book was 'Dutch And Flemish 17th C Painters: A Collectors Guide for McGraw Hill'. He then compiled an anthology, 'Poetry For The Spirit', published by Watkins Publishing and Barnes & Noble.

As a poet he has versified for O Books 'The Bhagavad Gita', 'The Principal Upanishads' and 'The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius', as well as compiling a major prose anthology, 'The Ocean Of Wisdom'. For Watkins Publishing, he edited 'Ramana, Shankara and the Forty Verses', versified 'The Essential Gnostic Gospels' and compiled an anthology, 'The Wisdom of Ramesh Balsekar'.

XLibris have published a volume of his own poetry, 'Myrobalan of The Magi', and a history of London from a spiritual perspective, 'Mysterious London'. He has recently completed an anthology, 'The Wisdom of the Native American Indians', 'Plato's Republic: An Abridgemnent and Modernisation' and 'When Jesus Lived In India', all for Watkins Publishing.

His latest book, published by O Books, is a Utopian novella exploring up-to-now undiscovered land of the legendry Emperor Prestor John, found in Ethiopia, founded on Gnostic principles: 'Eutopia: The Gnostic Land of Prestor John' describes their direct path to Self-realization.