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The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus

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The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels and Secret Books about Jesus of Nazareth

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.

Marvin Meyer, premier scholar of Gnostic and other Christian literature outside the New Testament, presents every Gnostic Gosp

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published February 15th 2005 by HarperOne
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May 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, non-fiction
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
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
Jolene Anderson
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have always been interested in histories of the early Church as well as the Gnostic Gospels, which often provide some interesting alternate views of Christianity that were present as the early Church was forming.

In this particular work, Meyer looks at a number of different such works and highlights their presentations of Jesus. Each chapter focuses on a specific work such as the Gospels of Thomas or Mary Magdalene. Each starts with a quick summary overview before transitioning into a direct En
Nov 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unread
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
Jan 01, 2012 added it
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
Collin Duncan
Jul 12, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Some ideas have reiterating to the traditional four gospels. Others ideas are complementary to the four gospels. And, even further, other ideas expand beyond the traditional four gospels. Yet, none of the books included here are contradicting, per se, the teachings of the four gospels. They might contradict the church, but the teachings of the gospels.
J.B. Richards
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Students & Gnosctic scholars
"The Gnostic Gospel of Jesus" by Marvin Meyer provides clear yet concise introductions to each of the gnostic gospels and secret books on Jesus as well as an overview on the history, discovery, and authentication of the Nag Hammadi Library and Berlin Codex. It is a must for students of gnoscticism, and the early Judeo-Christian and Coptic communities. Easy to read and easy to understand!
JB Richards, Author
"Miriamne the Magdala - The First Chapter in the Yeshua and Miri Novel Series"
Richard Riddle
Oct 23, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
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?
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal
I liked this one better than others because it gave the actual translations and didn't just talk about the translations.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Didn't like having to flip back and forth but an interesting read.
Matt Carpenter
Jul 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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