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For all those readers curious to read the actual texts of the Gnostic Gospels, here is the definitive collection of all the Gnostic Gospels and Gospel–like texts.

o Marvin Meyer, premier scholar of Gnostic and other Christian literature outside the New Testament, presents every Gnostic Gospel and Jesus text with a brilliant overall introduction, introductions to each text,...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published September 15th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published February 15th 2005)
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Marshall
This is a translation of the Gnostic Gospels, found buried in Egypt in 1945. These were written in the names of the top apostles that are left out from the Bible. It helps to remember that the Bible isn't a book authored by God, but an anthology of dozens of perspectives, edited by Church leaders with political agendas. Some perspectives wouldn't make the cut, simply because they don't conform to the message the leaders are trying to make.

Christian historians know that the early Catholic Church...more
Jolene Anderson
Most of these chapters were extremely enlightening & answer some questions the Bible doesn't. You MUST be careful to pick & choose the information in relationship to the Bible.These were not written to contest or conflict with it. Metaphors & parables are part of Biblical language & so it is here. Will take several readings to harvest the wonderful insight to a deeper relationship with Christ. As for the negative review of the naming of angels, etc. God's world is full of detail....more
Kelli
An interesting read, it was clear to me that these are only sometimes loosely based on Jesus's teachings. To be honest, this seems like New Testament plus an acid trip. Alternatively, it seems like someone took a few pages of the Bible and more pages of Greek and Egyptian mythology and stuck them in a blender. I wanted to know for myself whether these books should have been included in the canon of the Bible. Now, I'm 90% sure they don't belong in the Bible, but if you're interested, read them f...more
Adam
A mixed bag, on the whole, ranging from intriguing collections of sayings that appear to align with the voice and message of Jesus we know from the canonical gospels, to odd and long-winded explanations of cosmology that attempt to tear down the church's narrative from both the Old and New Testaments. It's worth reading if you're interested in theology and perspectives of early Christian sects.

I should also note that I didn't care for the attempt to remove patriarchal references from the text (m...more
Tom
The Gnostic Gospels are very strange. It is certainly understandable that they were not included in the cannon. These writings are a strange mixture of the accounts of Jesus and eastern philosophy. There is not a lot of depth to them. And the idea that they are going to reveal some new truths or insights is a bit silly. Some of their value might be in substantiating the spread of the Gospel into Egypt and beyond, and giving credibility to the people and places of Christ's day (if they are in dou...more
Nathaniel. Nathaniel.
In general I enjoyed the work, especially the introductions presented by the author, along with the period of the writing. As stated in other reviews, I could see the bias of the authors, which is really not unusual as even historical books are affected by the bias of the author.
I do recommend this book for someone who is trying to understand the history of Jesus.
Collin Duncan
Good, up to date translations but lacking many of the gospels that some other compilations include. The inclusion of other pseudepigraphical literature served little purpose and mostly just confused my research. I enjoyed the nice introductions the author composed, although they are not without bias.
Angus MacHaggis
Hard to plough through these old writings with far too many notes in the back of the book. You have to forever flip to the back of the book to look at notes. They should have been written in the body of the book as footnotes on the pages they refered to. There are about 1,200 notes!!! - adg
Arthur Frank
While the new translations are helpful, they seem to me to lose some of the flavor of the gospels, while several of the gospels themselves are such loads of crap it's difficult to get through them - I mean, the names of the 365 angels - really?
Donna
Didn't like having to flip back and forth but an interesting read.
Matt Carpenter
Terrible and then some.
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Marvin Meyer is a scholar of religion and a tenured professor at Chapman University, in Orange, California.

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
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