Defining the term Gnosis and its relationship to Gnosticism, this book indicates why Gnosis may be preferable and sketches out the main problems. It then treats the sources, both those in the church fathers and heresiologists, and the more recent...
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Defining the term Gnosis and its relationship to Gnosticism, this book indicates why Gnosis may be preferable and sketches out the main problems. It then treats the sources, both those in the church fathers and heresiologists, and the more recent Nag Hammadi finds. It goes on to discuss early forms of Gnosis in antiquity, Jewish and Christian (New Testament) and the early Gnostics; the main representatives of Gnosis, especially Valentinus and Marcion; Manichaeism as the culmination and end-point of Gnosis; ancient communities of Gnostics; and finally Gnosis in antiquity and the present.
Defines the term Gnosis and its relationship to "Gnosticism," indicating why Gnosis is preferable and sketches out the main problems.
This succinct new introduction to Gnosis contains everything a reader needs to know, as well as where to look for further information. Markschies defines the nature of Gnosis and the significance of beliefs which led to such a prominent movement in the Christian church. He discusses the sources, all the relevant writings that contribute to our knowledge about Gnosis (including the church fathers), heresiologists and the Nag Hammadi finds. He examines early forms of Gnosis in antiquity, in Jewish and Christian contexts, in the New Testament and in the first Gnostics. He then treats the main representatives of Gnosis, especially Valentinus and Marcion, Manichaeism as the culmination of Gnosis, communities of Gnostics and the influence of Gnosis today. There is a useful bibliography and chronology. Markschies combines great clarity with immense learning. This is an ideal introduction to Gnosis for the student and general reader. Book jacket.
Christoph Markschies is Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Heidelberg.
- Introduction: Definition Of Gnosis, Its Relationship To 'gnosticism'.; Chapter Ii: The Sources, Ancient Authors (from Irenaeus To Epiphanius), Heresologists (justin And Tertullian), Gnostic Original Text (the Nag Hammadi Material) And Non-'gnostic' Texts (the Hermetic Writings And The Hekhalot Literature).; Chapter Iii: Early Forms Of 'gnosis' In Antiquity: Jewish, New Testament, And Early Representatives (simon Magus And Basilides).; Chapter Iv: Marcion And The Marcionites, Valentinus And Valentinians And The 'barbelo Gnostics'.; Chapter V: Manichaeism As The Culmination And End-point Of Gnosis.; Chapter Vi: Ancient Communities Of 'gnostics'.; Chapter Vii: 'gnosis' In Antiquity And The Present.; Index