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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels (The Complete Idiot's Guide) [Paperback]

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Pages   310
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7.5" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Alpha
ISBN  1592573886  
EAN  9781592573882  

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An accessible overivew of the early Christian church examines the texts and historical background of the documents found at the Nag Hammadi site in Egypt, analyzing each of the scriptures in terms of the history of Christianity and the development of Gnosticism. Original.

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The birth of the Christian ChurchA-and what it means for modern religion and philosophy.

This engaging guide presents an accessible overview of the birth of the Christian church, using the historical works found at the famous Nag Hammadi site in Egypt. With chapters discussing each of the major and minor documents found at Nag Hammadi, this volume also includes an overview of Gnosticism and the major players, revealing not only what the texts say, but also what they mean.
-Renewed interest in Gnosticism and the Gnostic gospels is driven by interest in the Nag Hammadi documents, The DaVinci Code, the Matrix movies, the Kabbalah, renewed interest in the divine feminine ideal, and the fact that many whoA've left the Church are looking for new answers in the early church
-Author is a scholar and expert whoA's studied with some of the top people in the field

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Good Understanding  Apr 2, 2008
I like learning about anything and everything I can about the times when Jesus walked on this earth...this help explain some of the Gnostic Gospels in simple terms.
Great Gnostic Primer  Mar 7, 2008
I was a bit hesitant to purchase a "Complete Idiot's Guide" to anything, because an idiot I certainly am not. However, I'm quite pleased that I chose to take a chance on this one. The layout of these Guides is great! They don't assume that you know anything about the subject, so all terms that may be new to the reader are explained. The text is full of cross-referencing so that you can refer back in the event that something didn't stick in your mind on the first read through.
For anyone who has a beginning interest in Gnostic beliefs or the Gnostic texts, this is a great place to start. If your interest continues after reading this book, it will serve as a great reference to refer back to while exploring deeper literature on the subject. An appendix is included to guide you in selecting further reading as well as finding web-based sources. This book also gives some interesting insight into the early development of Christianity from an unbiased perspective.
very good  Jan 23, 2008
ok this was a very good book helped me alot to understand Gnostic believes and also the Gospels.It is very wise to have a copy of the Gnostic Gospels to help you understand.Also this book let you decide on your own what the truth is.I recomend this book to help you understand the truth in the spirit, heart and Love of Jesus.
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Excellent survey of the Gnostic texts   Apr 9, 2007
In addition to details on individual Nag Hammadi texts as well as some other Gnostic texts, Matkin presents keys players within early Chistianity on the orthodox and on the gnostic side. He also discusses those early times, later gnostic movements, and modern interests in gnosticism.

The book is nicely chunked: twenty chapters each divided into sections and subsections that makes it easy to finish one piece, put the book down, and return to it later so as not to be overwhelmed by all the complex mythologies of the Gnostics.

Matkin steers a middle road, neither a proponent of Gnosticism nor eager to dismiss it. While acknowledging Elaine Pagel's contribution to making the early Gnostics accessible, he doesn't refrain from criticizing her. While open to what made the Gnostics tick, he presents critics. For example, he he includes the comment of Frederica Mathewes-Green, an Eastern Orthodox writer, that Gnostic schemes to directly experience God were "so wacky".

The one real problem I face after reading this book is that it leaves me with no excuse not to read the Nag Hammadi texts again themselves ( The Nag Hammadi Library ) which, without Matkin's guidance, may overwhelm me, as they did the first time I read them. Even the second time I read them (in 2005), I can see now I missed a lot due to less preparation. I am rereading Matkin's summary of each Nag Hammadi text as I read the texts themselves. Along with other background reading in Gnosticism, Matkin has prepared me for what I hope to be a really inspiring reading of the Nag Hammadi Library. So I am grateful to Matkin for his efforts and delivery.
Good for understanding  Mar 17, 2006
If you are looking for a great book to understand the who what when where and why about these gospels, this is a good book for you. If you're needing a Cliffsnotes version of what goes on in the books and what they could be alluding to, this is NOT the book for you. But, I found the research good, intelligent and at times, humorous. This is a great read if you are curious about the gnostic gospels and want to know more, in a general sense, about what the gnostics were all about.

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