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Voices of Gnosticism: Interviews with Elaine Pagels, Marvin Meyer, Bart Ehrman, Bruce Chilton and Other Leading Scholars

By Miguel Conner

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For a number of years, Miguel Conner has engaged the main trendy writers and students on Gnosticism and early Christianity on Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio. those interviews with thirteen major students signify the easiest way to get to grasp historic Gnosticism, the stream that has encouraged Dan Brown, Philip Pullman, Philip okay. Dick and The Matrix videos. learn what the easiest minds need to say in regards to the Gnostic sects, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Judas, Mary Magdalene, heresy, the origins of Gnosticism, and the unique teachings of Jesus.

Interviews with:
Elaine Pagels, Marvin Meyer, Bart Ehrman, Bruce Chilton, Stevan Davies, David Fideler, Birger Pearson, John Turner, Einar Thomassen, Jason BeDuhn, April DeConick, Karen King, Jane Schaberg.

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Bruce Chilton, writer of how of Jesus and Rabbi Paul

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Stephan Hoeller, writer of Gnosticism: New mild at the historical culture of internal realizing and Jung and the misplaced Gospels

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Sean Martin, writer of The Gnostics: the 1st Christian Heretics, The Cathars, and The Knights Templar

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Marvin Meyer, writer of The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus, The Gospels of Mary

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April D. DeConick, writer of The 13th Apostle

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However the sacred Decad is mirrored to a definite volume within the Gnostic treatises themselves, extra specifically in Valentinian treatises the place it’s fairly transparent that the total description of the transcendent international operates by way of ones and twos and fours, and that those mix jointly in how one can produce yes numerical groupings. So the reason for this is that it unfold. in truth, one of many records within the information lately, the Gospel of Judas—which is kind of fascinating— itself includes a comic strip of the Sethian theogony or tale of the beginning and the improvement of the divine international and its gods.

JT : after all, Cain is pointed out as being an anti-hero besides the Sodomites and Cora and different rebellious figures; yet he says that those individuals are using a undeniable Gospel of Judas yet he is going directly to recommend that Judas was once a particularly enlightened determine, and that via his acts that he ended up throwing the total global into confusion. good that doesn’t quite let us know greatly. but if you return directly to the later epitomators, humans like pseudoTertullian most likely within the early 3rd century, Epiphanius and Theodoret within the fourth, by surprise we research much more approximately this.

The jap Valentinians notion that it used to be a non secular physique, and the western ones claimed that the physique of the savior was once a psychical physique. Now, i attempted to determine within the texts from Nag Hammadi, and from the opposite texts, if those perspectives may be detected in any of the assets. and that i haven’t discovered precisely what Hippolytus talks approximately. I’ve stumbled on anything that seems concerning it, that's that the japanese Valentinians… good, there's a definite crew of texts, I don’t recognize even no matter if i need to name them “eastern” or no longer, yet there's a distinction among teams, and this one staff speaks in basic terms concerning the religious physique of the savior.

His seminal ebook, Jesus Christ, solar of God, the focal point of our interview, might be the main whole exposition ever released at the Hellenistic wing of either Christianity and Gnosticism. At a cursory look, it could actually appear Fideler used to be utilising glossy occult exegesis to comparative faith in the course of our interview; yet his scholarship was once as sober as his presentation used to be intoxicating. possibly his such a lot alluring learn facilities at the missed Biblical incidence of gematria—Greek quantity symbolism and hidden arithmetic that display deep ontological truths.

All of us sought after an analogous factor, together with the viewers, and that was once to listen to the complete sonata of the Gnostic symphony. What all people may possibly agree on for sure, even those that subscribed to conservative doctrines, used to be that the Gnostics by no means possessed a unified or monolithic theology. that they had an underlying constitution of topics, yet those have been only a bedrock to construct towns of theosophical inquiry with no a lot legalistic zoning. Even divorced of all sensationalism, there's hitherto sufficient secret surrounding the Gnostics that one could wonder whether those lords of mythopoeia rather sought after their viewers to understand their targeted origins and creeds.

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