The Gnostic Discoveries
The Meaning of the Nag Hammadi, now in paperback opens the with the thrilling adventure story of the discovery of the ancient Papyrii at Nag Hammadi. Muhammad Ali, the fellahin, discovered the sealed jar, he feared that it might contain a jinni, or spirit, but also had heard of hidden treasures in such jars. Greed overcame his fears and when he smashed open the jar, gold s...more
The documents were found in 1945 near Nag Hammadi Egypt. It is thought that they were probably buried by monks from a nearby monastery who wanted to save them.
Some of the titles of the works are Gospel of Thomas, Se ...more
Meyers does a pretty good job of explaining the source of where various documents come from, I.e the Nag Hammadi libr ...more
The focus on texts, presented only in part, is unfortunate because here Meyer offers very little insight and nothing I could discern as new. Other, complete collection ...more
In my case, this very scholarly treatise fell upon deaf (non-scholarly) ears.
If there is one thing I was able to infer from it, it is that those who established the traditions of the of the early Church were likely at the root of the misogynistic attitudes which characterize--to this day--many European and Middle Eastern-derived culture.
Not exactly a page-turner, but vital and fascinating reading for anyone interested in this period of history
Notes: A really dry and dull academic text that provides the thinnest of overviews on the subject and presumes familiarity.
He is the Griset Professor of Bible and Christian Studies at Chapman University and Director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute. He is also Director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity. Dr. Meyer is the author of numerous books and articles on G ...more