The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity

The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity

Hans Jonas


The Gnostic faith used to be the first first rate advent to gnosticism for the trendy international & continues to be of price at the present time. It comprises either heresiological & unique texts--Nag Hammadi purely exposed later. It holds necessary fabric on Simon Magus, the airtight Poimandres (shown right here to be both a gnostic document), the Valentinians, Mandaeans, Manichaeans & the "Hymn of the Pearl". The existentialist bent--Jonas a pupil of Martin Heidegger--makes an enticing distinction to Pagel's extra orthodox view of gnostic faith as theistic. This quantity & the Nag Hammadi library will supply sturdy assurance of the various teachings of gnostic & comparable movements.
Introduction: East & West in Hellenism
The which means of Gnosis & the level of the Gnostic Movement
Gnostic Imagery & Symbolic Language
Simon Magus
The "Hymn of the Pearl"
The Angels that Made the area. The Gospel of Marcion
The Poimandres of Hermes Trismegistus
The Valentinian hypothesis
Creation, global heritage & Salvation in accordance with Mani
The Cosmos in Greek & Gnostic assessment
Virtue & the Soul in Greek & Gnostic instructing
The contemporary Discoveries within the box of Gnosticism
Epilogue: Gnosticism, Nihilism & Existentialism

Show sample text content

Download sample