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The Nag Hammadi Library: A Translation of the Gnostic Scriptures Paperback – March, 1981


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  • Paperback: 549 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Softcover Ed edition (March 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060669330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060669331
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 23, 2005
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This collection of texts gives a fascinating view of early Christian texts and views, particularly in light of the fact that these were not the writings that made it into the mainstream of church and biblical canonical development, but rather were influential in an underground, almost subversive way, in much of ancient and oriental Christianity -- were it not for the existence of texts such as these, indeed, we would not have the canon of the Bible which we have today (the political motivations behind deciding which books belonged in the Bible and which books didn't owe largely to texts such as those in the Nag Hammadi Library).

'This volume...marks the end of one stage of Nag Hammadi scholarship and the beginning of another. The first stage was concerned with making this library of texts available; the second stage has been characterised by the discussion and interpretation of the texts.'

This book represents an advance in both translation and analysis; this is part of the canon of the Gnostic sect, which saw more orthodox Christianity (from which Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant bodies derive) as the ones who were heretical.

'The Nag Hammadi library also documents the fact that the rejection was mutual, in that Christians described there as 'heretical' seem to be more like what is usually thought of as 'orthodox'.'

Gnosticism was ultimately eliminated from mainstream Christianity, save the occasional resurgence of underground and spiritual movements. Of course, Gnosticism was not an exclusively Christian-oriented phenomenon: many of the texts refer to Hebrew Scriptures only, and the question of Jewish Gnosticism is discussed by Robinson.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Pace on June 16, 2012
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This collection cannot be beat for the money asked. This is a very complete selection of Gnostic writings and the translations are very clear and definitely written for the average reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By geri013 on April 19, 2013
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this was every interesting book and enlightening. I don't know if everyone can deal with the concepts in it. I was open to it because some of the things it said I had already begone to believe it just confirmed what I had already told myself about the creators of this world and all the evil in it, it has to the the lost point before hell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Clarkson on July 26, 2014
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This is a book that gets kept from the wise. Very powerful scriptures that can help purify the evil matters in everyone, and changes the perspective on the material creation were in now. It gives remembrance to those who seek the light and its pleroma.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Larsen on February 9, 2010
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Was very happy to find a good copy to replace an old falling apart one.
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