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The Lost Sayings of Jesus: Teachings from Ancient Christian, Jewish, Gnostic and Islamic Sources (SkyLight Illuminations) Paperback – March 1, 2006
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"Marvelous.... Will provide spiritual seekers, committed Christians and academic scholars [insight into] sayings attributed to Jesus that they may not know existed. A valuable sourcebook and significant contribution to the study of the history of Christian ideas."
―Stevan Davies, professor of religious studies, College Misericordia and author of The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated & Explained
“A fascinating kaleidoscope of 'other takes' on Jesus from early Christianity’s closest religious neighbors.”
―Cynthia Bourgeault, author of Encountering the Wisdom Jesus
“An invaluable contribution to historical Jesus research.... Insightful, even-handed and refreshingly succinct ... an essential collection.”
―Rev. Jeffrey J. Bütz, author of The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity
“Compelling and enlightening.... Allows us to hear the wisdom that was Jesus.”
―Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice
“If the gospels represent the tip [of Jesus’s sayings], Andrew Phillip Smith has provided the rest of the iceberg. Here is proof that [Jesus’s] voice has never fallen silent.”
―Robert M. Price, professor of scriptural studies, Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary
“Excellent ... an invaluable aid in our endeavor to hear [Jesus’s] authentic voice.”
―Ron Miller, author of The Hidden Gospel of Matthew: Annotated & Explained
About the Author
Andrew Phillip Smith has been investigating early Christianity and Gnosticism for over a decade, sharing the results in presentations and writings. He is the author of The Lost Sayings of Jesus: Teachings from Ancient Christian, Jewish, Gnostic and Islamic Sources―Annotated & Explained; The Gospel of Philip: Annotated & Explained (all SkyLight Paths) and The Gospel of Thomas: A New Version Based on Its Inner Meaning.
Stephan A. Hoeller is professor emeritus of comparative religions at the College of Oriental Studies in Los Angeles. He is a frequent lecturer on Gnosticism and other spiritual traditions, and is the author of Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing, and two other books on the relationship of Gnosticism to Jungian psychology.
Top Customer Reviews
That said, both texts fall short in one area that I feel is critical; we are given only the English translations, and not the original language. Robinson is a fine theologian, but he IS a theologian; thus, his translations are going to be biased in favor of his own perspectives. When I see a word like "tribulation" ("You must enter the Kingdom of Heaven through much tribulation"), I want to know what word was used originally so I can see what other meanings it might have. Typically, the Hebrew, Aramaic and Arabic words are much more expanded than the Greek, Coptic or Latin, and the English translations are often more narrow than even the latter.
As to the reviewer who discredits the book because it includes quotes from Islam, I would argue (despite claims to the contrary) s/he knows little about Islam and even less about exacting scholarship. To claim to be a complete compendium while ignoring a body of historical sources would be idiotic. If we prefer idiocy to scholarship, fine; but we should realize that "the problem," if any exists, lies with ourself.
These sayings are interesting, and in many cases not much different from the ones preserved in the Bible. Some seem entirely out of place in the mouth of Jesus. This book is thought provoking and I definitely recommend it as a book worthy of reading.
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A decent work, with fair documentation of quote sources. The author does a good job of trying to avoid his own bias in the commentary. Read morePublished 9 months ago by K. Parker
I believe that the author's knowledge of Islam is greatly lacking, for his citing of Islam as a source for the sayings of Jesus supports my criticism of him. Read morePublished on May 16, 2008 by Rayn