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The Gnostic Bible (Book and Audio-CD Set) Paperback – Audiobook, November 25, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
This book may well be the most comprehensive collection of Gnostic materials ever gathered in one volume. After a dry introduction to current debates about gnosticism (by Meyer) and a luminous, marvelously literary introduction to issues of translation (by Barnstone), the bulk of the text is taken up with primary sources, which are drawn from three continents and span an astonishing 13 centuries. These are helpfully organized into various schools of Gnostic tradition: Sethian, Valentinian, Syrian, Hermetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, and--in an unusual move--relatively late Islamic and Cathar texts. Each grouping of texts is preceded by a brief introduction to that particular section's brand of Gnosticism. What is clear from this sourcebook is the tremendous diversity of thought that exists under the "Gnostic" umbrella, including Christian, Jewish, Muslim, pagan, Zoroastrian and Greco-Roman themes. Many of the texts are being published here in English for the first time, making this a valuable resource for students and scholars.
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“An enormously rich collection of sources—a wonderful achievement!”—Elaine Pagels, author of The Gnostic Gospels and Beyond Belief
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However, even if that were the case, and I hadn't been duped into spending money on a product that was not what I needed, I would still be rather disappointed by the fact that much of the desired materials are missing from this work. So, if you are simply looking for something nice and easy to get your feet wet with, feel free to get this "book". If, however, you are a serious student of Gnosticism, or are looking to otherwise add something substantial to your collection, make sure to purchase the right Gnostic Bible (the one with no CDs).
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