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  • Series: Gnostic (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (June 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738704997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738704999
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best described as a devotional, this collection of letters offers 114 meditations corresponding to the verses of the Gospel of Thomas. Malachi, a California-based mystic who founded the Sophia Fellowship in 1983, writes from the perspective of the Christian Gnosticism of the Sophian Tradition, which he defines as "a weave of Gnosticism, Kabbalah and Rosicrucian philosophy." He sets out to provide a "source of contemplation" while simultaneously striving to transcribe an oral tradition not only for novices but also for those already practiced in Gnostic study. He accomplishes all of this admirably. Readers should heed the author's advice and, rather than read the book in a sitting, use one verse per day as a meditative source. This practice attunes the mind to the voice of the Holy Spirit and also promotes a better appreciation of the oral tradition, in which key elements and phrases often resurface. Read straight through, important messages may be lost rather than cherished if seen as repetitive. Malachi clearly (and respectfully) delineates the differences among Christian Gnosticism, Judaism and what he calls Orthodox Christianity. Throughout, he encourages readers to actualize their divine potential or, as he paraphrases the Master, "Get a life so that you have something to offer up to God." Malachi perfectly captures the oral tradition within the written word.
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About the Author

Tau Malachi's (Malachi eben Ha-Elijah's) spiritual journey began when he met the acquaintance of a Tau of the Sophian Tradition of Gnostic Christianity, Tau Elijah ben Miriam. He received the oral tradition of Sophian Gnosticism from Tau Elijah, and has been a student and practitioner of Gnostic Christianity for over thirty-five years. In 1983 he founded Sophia Fellowship as an expression of the tradition, and has been teaching and initiating others into Christian Gnosticism, Rosicrucian Philosophy and Christian Kabbalah since that time. He is an initiate of Ordo Sanctus Gnosis and serves as an Elder and Tau within the Sophian lineage.

Tau Malachi is also a Chevalier (a dubbed Knight) in the International Order of Chivalric Companions, a Martinist, and is an ordained and consecrated Independent Bishop. He is co-founder of The Gnostic Apostolic Church of Sophia and is among the leading exponents of Christian Gnosticism and Kabbalah in our times.

Along with his exploration of the Western Mystery Tradition, he has studied extensively in several Eastern Traditions, such as Vajrayana Buddhism and Vedanta, and he also studied within a Middle Eastern Tradition of Sufism, as well as becoming involved in Native American Shamanism. Though Gnostic Christianity has always been his heart's path.


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First of all this is an easy to read book with short chapters.
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This book addresses those needs quite directly, unlike the scholars writing about Gnosticism who, at best, address those issues indirectly.
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I have read several translations and commentaries on and of The Gospel of Thomas.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Phillip on June 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Wow!
There is something about this book that is saying far more than the scholars and modern academia is saying. Not only is it stylistically more interesting to read, it's practically and directly spiritual!
I'd been looking for a way to find SPIRITUALITY in the West, rather than stale dogmas, and real methods to feel connected with God, Divine Spirit, or whatever you want to call it in a practical and meaningful way. This book addresses those needs quite directly, unlike the scholars writing about Gnosticism who, at best, address those issues indirectly. I used to look up to the Eastern systems of metaphysics because they had a rich tradition of meditation and spiritual contemplation that I always felt I needed, but couldn't really connect with. But this author is coming to show me that such a spiritual richness and depth may also exist in the West!
The best part about the book is its practical use! The chapters are direct responses to each line of the Gospel of St. Thomas. There is a contemplation following each of St. Thomas' 114 sayings. This allows me to read in order, out of order, re-read sections in a nice, relaxing way as it fits into my busy schedule. Plus, each contemplation is good spiritual food for thought, so that I can read a contemplation, look back on Thomas' line and contemplate it myself to glean a little more on my own. It's the perfect book for anyone that has been looking for something more directly spiritual about Gnosticism, and more practically useful as good, solid food for one's truly spiritual considerations.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dominic on June 20, 2004
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At last! While there is so much gratitude we owe to scholars who've made available English translations of Gnostic texts, I find their academic commentaries often reach only so far. Even more gratitude is owed to Tau Malachi for picking up where such academics leave off, guiding in a meditative and introspective voice that opens up the reader to spectacular vistas within the Gospel of St. Thomas. As a devout Christian who once had issues with there being any other scripture than my Old and New Testament, I've become not only intrigued by the bigger questions and contemplations Tau Malachi gently weaves around these 114 sayings, I'm surprised by how much benefit for my faith the Gnostic messages in this book have inspired!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Derks on June 21, 2004
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The Truth spoken in the Gospel of Thomas has many subtle layers. Tau Malachi takes these subtle sayings and peels them open enabling one to more penetrate the Mysteries. The method and approach Tau Malachi takes is complex in it's simplicity. In his writing style he draws from the unspeakable and grounds it making the subtle Truth speakable. I'am very grateful that finally a book that goes into the depth of Christian Gnosticism exists! Thank You Tau Malachi!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Todd Decker on January 24, 2006
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One of the Nag Hammadi manuscripts, the Gospel of St. Thomas is non-canonical gospel. In this gospel, Jesus is a mystical teacher--never as a savior. No miracles here, just an emphasis on his words as teaching. It professes the achievement of enlightenment through realization of self, a most Eastern twist on things. The text itself is mainly in the form of, "Jesus said xxx." Interestingly enough, very much like the set of "Confucius Said"'s from the Analects. It is generally rejected by mainstream Christians but it is a most interesting read for sure. This particular copy that I read has commentary and expansion on each of the versus of the gospel. I would give it four stars.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Derks on June 21, 2004
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As author Tau malachi exclaims, "There is a need for a new gospel, a gospel of the Cosmic Christ-one that restores the mystical and magical elements to Christianity..." In the Gnostic Gospel of St. Thomas, Tau Malachi inspires us to look with new eyes, hear with new ears and open our hearts and minds to experience a living gnosis born from the Holy Spirit within. Whether your new to Gnostic Christianity or a fellow seeker of the Mysteries, this book will open new vistas that will deepen your Spirituality and understanding of Gnostic Christianity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2004
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At last! While there is so much gratitude we owe to scholars who've made available English translations of Gnostic texts, I find their academic commentaries often reach only so far. Even more gratitude is owed to Tau Malachi for picking up where such academics leave off, guiding in a meditative and introspective voice that opens up the reader to spectacular vistas within the Gospel of St. Thomas. As a devout Christian who once had issues with there being any other scripture than my Old and New Testament, I've become not only intrigued by the bigger questions and contemplations Tau Malachi gently weaves around these 114 sayings, I'm surprised by how much benefit for my faith the Gnostic messages in this book has inspired! Cheers to you Tau Malachi!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jaques on June 20, 2004
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Tau Malachi brilliantly weaves his comentary on the Gospel of st. Thomas with very esoteric and subtle insights, as well as grounding it in practicality. His knowlege as well as his ability to speak to a wide range of people is stunning, and his use of language, elegant. There are few books today that not only serve to uplift one, but offer a ground for contemplation if one wishes. I would encorage those who are already well versed in the Kabbalah and the gospel of st. Thomas, and those who may not know anything about the subject to read this text. no doupt it will prove extremely insightful and benificial to anyone who so choses to read this delightfuly beautiful interpretation of the gospel of st. Thomas.
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