- Series: SkyLight Illuminations (Book 11)
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: SkyLight Paths; 1 edition (February 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594730822
- ISBN-13: 978-1594730825
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Secret Book of John: The Gnostic Gospels―Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Illuminations) Paperback – February 1, 2005
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The Gnostic history of God comes to life
"The ultimate goal of humanity is to come to understand this myth, the gospel of the Secret Book of John, in such a way that the pattern of devolution from the fullness of God to humanitys imprisonment in matter is reversed. To understand the events of our fall reveals to us a map for our journey of ascent. We will emerge free from matter return to an established position in the mind of God, and never leave again." from the Introduction
"Gnosis is the yeast that lifts the dough of revelation above the arid flatland of religious convention. Stevan Davies The Secret Book of John is very yeasty. Taste and see!" Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author of The Hebrew Prophets: Annotated and Explained
"Breathes new life into the Gnostic gospel messagetheir good news. Davies translation and clarifying commentary help to unlock their secrets of salvation for the contemporary seeker." Charles W. Hedrick, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, religious studies, Southwest Missouri State University
About the Author
Stevan Davies is professor of religious studies at Misericordia University and has studied the non-canonical gospels and acts for over thirty years. Among his books are The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated and Explained, The Secret Book of John: The Gnostic Gospel―Annotated and Explained (both SkyLight Paths) and The Revolt of the Widows: The Social World of the Apocryphal Acts. He has also published books about the canonical Christian scriptures including New Testament Fundamentals and Jesus the Healer: Possession, Trance and the Origins of Christianity. His website (http://users.misericordia.edu/davies/thomas/Thomas.html) is a leading Internet resource on the Gospel of Thomas.
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Great presentation, quality publication.
For a person as myself who is newly introduced to Gnostic tradition after studying
'orthodox' Christianity for a number of years this is a very fun and helpful book.
To the right-wing, so called "born-agains" sadly, I would say, forget it! You will be lost in this Hell universe for many more incarnations. Your limited little minds will not be able to grasp these concepts or be able to venture outside of your rigid little belief system. ... but, who knows? Sometimes miracles do happen.
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