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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels

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The birth of the Christian Church, and what it means for modern religion and philosophy.

This engaging guide presents an accessible overview of the birth of the Christian church, using the historical works found at the famous Nag Hammadi site in Egypt. With chapters discussing each of the major and minor documents found at Nag Hammadi, this volume also includes an overview
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Alpha (first published August 26th 2005)
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Kathy
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
The book satisfied my curiousity about the gnostic gospels. I've tried Elaine Pagels the original "authority" but she just confused me. Matkin starts with the history and explains the climate of the early Church, particularly in the second century, when the gnostics flourished. I read 2/3 of it and then skimmed the rest because as he gets into the minor books, it things get heavy - like trying to understand Revelations. At the end he explains the hoax which was the basis for the Divinci Code. Th ...more
Deena Scintilla
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
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Slow read so I must be more than an "idiot" but it's interesting.
Update: Very interesting but read very much like a textbook. I've often wondered why some books made it into the Bible and others did not.
Carla
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book was informative yet it really read like a text book- I found some interesting "stuff" in it however, it was a boring read mostly.
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This book was extremely informative. I feel well educated about Gnosticism now.
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