A history of Gnosticism by Giovanni Filoramo

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Published by Blackwell in Oxford .

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Bibliography: p.[246]-258.

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StatementGiovanni Filoramo ; translated by Anthony Alcock.
LC ClassificationsBT1390
The Physical Object
Paginationxx, 268p. ;
Number of Pages268
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL15098215M
ISBN 100631157565

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However, this book is an excellent opportunity to view Gnosticism in its wider context, as part of a fermenting history of ideas and influences/5(8). out of 5 stars The Nature and History of Gnosticism: A Very Scholarly Work.

Reviewed in the United States on Febru Verified Purchase. Rudolph's book is well beyond my meager knowledge of Gnosticism. The book is for the advanced student of this wonderful approach to life and religion.

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Gives a guide to the history of gnosticism in the second and /5. explanation of the ideals of Gnosticism is not only useful, but mandatory.

At the onset it should be made clear that Gnosticism is a personal experience of religion. The term Gnosis means "an experience of knowledge" and religion (from the Latin Religio) means "to bind back to the point of origin" and hence Gnosticism is an experience of the realFile Size: KB.

This is a book highly recommended to those interested in the history of Manichean Gnosticism. A BASIC GNOSTIC LIBRARY These works represent several of the best texts from the above lists, ranging from introductory to advanced materials, and. “Gnosticism, a highly intellectual second-century movement (the word ‘gnostic’ comes from the Greek word for ‘knowledge’) that was later declared heretical, didn’t help.

Heretics were intellectual therefore intellectuals were, if not heretical, then certainly suspect. Stephan A. Hoeller, Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing (Quest Books, ) Buy the Book > There has long been need for a comprehensive introductory guide to the Gnostic tradition.

GNOSTICISM: ANCIENT AND MODERN HISTORY; ANCIENT SOURCES OF INFORMATION. Sponsored link. History: Gnosticism consisted of many syncretistic belief systems which combined elements taken from Asian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek and Syrian pagan religions, from astrology, and from Judaism and Christianity.

The origins and history of Gnosticism, from its beginnings in the first two centuries AD. Filoramo describes the development of Gnostic beliefs and mystic philosophy, demonstrating the links between Gnosticism and heretical movements of early medieval Europe.

A final myth about Gnosticism is that it was pro-sex and that traditional A history of Gnosticism book was anti-sex. In other A history of Gnosticism book, Gnostics celebrated sexuality and traditional Christians were puritanical prudes. Again, the reality is very different. While some Gnostics were quite sexually licentious (as noted above with Marcus), a large strain of the.

The true story of the Gnostics is one of the most beautiful, and tragic epics of all time. Some of the world’s most famous people in history play leading actors in this tale of knowledge, conquest and global domination. The ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Indians, Celts, Vikings, Europeans, Muslims and even the Catholic Churches of Rome and Greece play.

Gnosticism is one of the great mysteries in the history of Western religion. At its core is an ancient Greek word, gnosis, a word prominent in the writings of Plato, which refers to a deep personal knowledge or understanding that often transcends the physical world. At that time, the only books in English were made on copy machines, were terribly expensive, and most of the translations were filled with errors, omissions, and confusion.

The only way to get the books was from a handful of schools who put up many obstacles and restrictions, requiring students to "earn" access to the books. In Forbidden Faith, Richard Smoley narrates a popular history of one such truth, the ancient esoteric religion of gnosticism, which flourished between the first and fourth centuries A.D., but whose legacy remains even today, having survived secretly throughout the : HarperCollins Publishers.

LibraryThing Review User Review - vzakuta - LibraryThing. One of the most accessible and readable surveys on Gnosticism in existence for general reader.

The book introduces all important Gnostic movements and is a pleasant read/5(3). The true face of Gnosticism must remain for the time being a mystery. However, we are quite happy to leave this for others to discover. Giovanni Filoramo (A History of Gnosticism, ) The history of the early Church was profoundly influenced, between the second and third centuries, by the struggle against the Gnostics.

History of Gnosticism - The influence of gnostic ideas led to the rise of such movements as Theosophy and Rosicrucianism. Gnosticism also influenced the esotericists of the 20th century, the analytical psychology of Carl Gustav Jung, and the modern New Age Movement. Get this along with Stephan Hoeller's Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing first, then follow it with Kurt Rudolph's Gnosis: The Nature And History of Gnosticism, all the books by Elaine Pagels, and the Gnostic Bible and/or the Nag Hammadi Library, and you will be well-versed in Gnostic thought.5/5(5).

“The Problem of ‘Jewish Gnostic’ Literature.” In Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism, and Early Christianity. Edited by Charles W. Hedrick and Robert Hodgson. Hendrickson Publishers. [14] Turner, John D. “Sethian Gnosticism: A Literary History.” In Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism, and Early Christianity.

Edited by Charles W. Hedrick and. The history of Gnosticism is subject to a great deal of debate and interpretation.

The complex nature of Gnostic teaching and the fact that much of the material relating to the schools comprising Gnosticism has traditionally come from critiques by orthodox Christians make it difficult to be precise about early sectarian gnostic systems, although Neoplatonists like Plotinus also.

Gnosticism as an organized movement acknowledging its source all but died. The sole surviving remnant is in southwestern Iran. However many Gnostic teachings live on among new agers, existentialists, and Bible critics. The revival of interest in the Gospel of Thomas by the Jesus Seminar is a case in point.

There is also a tendency, even among someFile Size: 11KB. GNOSTICISM: HISTORY OF STUDY The problem of the origin of Gnosticism has been approached in Western culture with methods and results that are sometimes in clear disagreement.

Source for information on Gnosticism: History of Study: Encyclopedia of. The book offers clear and informative summaries of a large range of Gnostic texts, including Manichaean sources; it does not supply a great deal of analysis but works well alongside the primary sources themselves.

Roukema, Riemer. Gnosis and Faith in Early Christianity: An Introduction to Gnosticism. Translated by J. Bowden. The Paperback of the History of Gnosticism by Giovanni Filoramo at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $35 or more. Giovanni Filoramo is the author of many articles on Gnosticism and has written five books on the history of religions.

He is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Turin. Publish your book with B&N. Learn : Having identified past distortions, she is able to offer a new and clarifying definition of Gnosticism. Her book is thus both a thorough and innovative introduction to the twentieth-century study of Gnosticism and a revealing exploration of the concept of /5(3).

Descriptor: Gnosticism -- History. Religion and culture -- Europe -- History. Note(s): Includes bibliographical references and index. Class Descriptors: LC: BT; Dewey: / Responsibility: S. Giora Shoham. Document Type: Book. Title: Coptic Gnostic chrestomathy: a selection of Coptic texts with grammatical analysis and glossary /.

Others suggest that Gnosticism was preserved as a secret family tradition within the Templars’ own families since fleeing from Israel in the 1st Century C.E. It is known that Jesus hadAuthor: Richard Castillo. There has long been need for a comprehensive introductory guide to the Gnostic tradition.

Hoeller supplies just such a book with this new offering. This delightful study gives clear voice to the essential message of Gnosticism; it is an invaluable introduction to the history and import of Gnosticism in the Western tradition.

Buy the Book. Gnosticism (pronounced NOS tuh siz um) was a second-century religious movement claiming that salvation could be gained through a special form of secret knowledge. Early Christian church fathers such as Origen, Tertullian, Justin Martyr and Eusebius of Caesarea condemned gnostic teachers and beliefs as : Jack Zavada.

`Gnosticism gives the clearest proof that Christianity had now come to be one of the most important factors in the history of the time, and it shows especially what a mighty power of attraction the new Christian principles possessed for the highest intellectual life then to be found either in the pagan or in the Jewish world.'.

The Gnostic New Age is a book that really has its origins at the beginning of my own intellectual journey, which was in when I was just at the beginning of my college career.

The incident was so important that I recorded it in the opening pages of my book. It represents what I like to call the transpower of the book, that is the power that books can have to transform our very.

Stephan Hoeller's book "Gnosticism" is truly a great introduction to Gnosticism in both its ancient and modern forms. I find it quite humorous that some of the "reviewers" on here are being so critical of a book, when they obviously haven't even read the by: 6.

The History of Gnosticism. I lack the scholarship necessary to properly elucidate on these subjects, but nonetheless, I shall bravely offer the gnostics a history of humanity which should serve to unite the many different and wonderful Schools of Thought I encounter that are really offshoots of a much older world order.

GNOSTICISM "Gnosticism" (from the Greek gnosis, "knowledge") designates a broad variety of religious teachings that were rife in the Hellenized Near East of the first centuries CE and purported to offer knowledge of the otherwise hidden truth of total reality as the indispensable key to man's of the schools or sects in question were ostensibly Christian by the.

A History of Gnosticism. The history of Gnosticism is well documented and was enriched by the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Texts, sometimes known as The Gnostic Gospels, in Egypt in These Christian documents, from the 3rd Century BCE, include apocryphal books of the Bible and alternative views of early Christian doctrine, some of them.

Gnosticism. Gnosticism is a heresy which is made up of a diverse set of beliefs. It is the teaching based on the idea of gnosis (a Koine Greek word meaning "secret knowledge"), or knowledge of transcendence arrived at by way of internal, intuitive means.

While Gnosticism thus relies on personal religious experience as its primary authority, early "Christian" Gnostics did adopt their.

Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Gnosticism; a source book of heretical writings from the early Christian period by Grant, Robert McQueen, ed. Internet Archive Books. American : Gnosticism (nŏs´tĬsĬzəm), dualistic religious and philosophical movement of the late Hellenistic and early Christian term designates a wide assortment of sects, numerous by the 2d cent.

AD; they all promised salvation through an occult knowledge that they claimed was revealed to. This is an extract/demonstration from a larger follow the link below to find out more.

note:some of our extracts. This article discusses the relationship between Gnosticism and the New Gnostics were an early Christian sect, strongly associated with mysticism and more weakly with mystery religions, existing in parts of the Roman empire from the first and second centuries, and surviving until the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathar group of Gnostics in the twelfth .

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