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The Gnostic Scriptures: A New Translation with Annotations and Introductions

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The works in this collection are heretical—a heretical counterpart of the holy Scriptures of Christianity and Judaism (which Gnostics also read). But despite their highly unorthodox character, these works shed great light on the theology, atmosphere, and literary traditions of ancient Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism. The Gnostic movement did not simply share in the culture to which early Christianity belonged. Gnostics in fact made up one of the earliest and most long-lived branches of the ancient Christian religion; it was only after centuries of struggle that they could be eradicated by the established church.

Orthodox Christian doctrine of the ancient world—and thus of the modern church—was partly conceived of as being what Gnostic scripture was not. For this reason, a knowledge of Gnostic scripture is indispensable for anyone who hopes to understand the historical roots of Christian theology and belief. Moreover, the Gnostic myth grew up in an intimate dialogue—though often a hostile one—with Jewish learning of the Greek-speaking synagogue. Thus the Gnostic scriptures cannot fail to increase, however obliquely, our knowledge of the foundations of classical Judaism.

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  • Sheds great light on the theology, atmosphere, and literary traditions of ancient Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism
  • Explores Gnostic scripture as indispensable for anyone who hopes to understand the historical roots of Christian theology
  • Discusses the religious dimension of education in ancient Israel
  • The Secret Book According to John
  • The Revelation of Adam
  • The Reality of the Rulers
  • The Thunder—Perfect Intellect
  • First Thought in Three Forms
  • The Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit, or, The Egyptian Gospel
  • Zostrianos (excerpts)
  • The Foreigner (excerpts)
  • The Three Tablets of Seth
  • Satorninos (according to St. Irenaeus)
  • The Gnostics (according to St. Irenaeus)
  • “Other” Gnostic Teachings (according to St. Irenaeus)
  • The Gnostics (according to Porphyry)
  • The Sethians (according to St. Epiphanius)
  • The Archontics (according to St. Epiphanius)
  • The Gnostics (according to St. Epiphanius)
  • Valentinus’s Myth (according to St. Irenaeus)
  • Fragments of Lost Works
  • Summer Harvest
  • The Gospel of Truth
  • Ptolemy’s Version of the Gnostic Myth (according to St. Irenaeus)
  • A Prayer of Paul the Apostle
  • Ptolemy’s Epistle to Flora
  • Treatise on Resurrection (Epistle to Rheginus)
  • The Gospel According to Philip
  • The Hymn of the Pearl, or, The Hymn of Jude Thomas the Apostle in the Country of the Indians
  • The Gospel According to Thomas
  • The Book of Thomas: The Contender Writing to the Perfect
  • The Writings of Basilides
  • The Hermetic Corpus (excerpts)
Bently Layton's The Gnostic Scriptures is the one indispensable book for the understanding of Gnosis and Gnosticism. No other translations are within light-years of Layton's in eloquence, pathos, and accuracy, while no other commentaries match his as an introduction to this perpetually relevant religious stance. Layton is particularly brilliant in his appreciation of Valentinus, the central Gnostic visionary, whose Gospel of Truth is marvelously served in this translation.

—Harold Bloom, author of The Book of J and The Western Canon

  • Title: The Gnostic Scriptures: A New Translation with Annotations and Introductions
  • Author: Bentley Layton
  • Series: Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1987
  • Logos Release Date: 2010
  • Pages: 576
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Gnosticism
  • ISBN: 9780300140132
  • Resource ID: LLS:GNOSTSCRPT
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-10-23T15:11:20Z

Bently Layton is Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Near Eastern Languages at Yale University.

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