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The Resource The Gnostics : myth, ritual, and diversity in early Christianity, David Brakke

The Gnostics : myth, ritual, and diversity in early Christianity, David Brakke

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The Gnostics : myth, ritual, and diversity in early Christianity
Title
The Gnostics
Title remainder
myth, ritual, and diversity in early Christianity
Statement of responsibility
David Brakke
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Who were the Gnostics? And how did the Gnostic movement influence the development of Christianity in antiquity? Is it true that the Church rejected Gnosticism? This book offers an illuminating discussion of recent scholarly debates over the concept of "Gnosticism" and the nature of early Christian diversity. Acknowledging that the category "Gnosticism" is flawed and must be reformed, David Brakke argues for a more careful approach to gathering evidence for the ancient Christian movement known as the Gnostic school of thought. He shows how Gnostic myth and ritual addressed basic human concerns about alienation and meaning, offered a message of salvation in Jesus, and provided a way for people to regain knowledge of God, the ultimate source of their being. Rather than depicting the Gnostics as heretics or as the losers in the fight to define Christianity, Brakke argues that the Gnostics participated in an ongoing reinvention of Christianity, in which other Christians not only rejected their ideas but also adapted and transformed them. This book will challenge scholars to think in news ways, but it also provides an accessible introduction to the Gnostics and their fellow early Christians
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brakke, David
Dewey number
273/.1
Index
index present
LC call number
BT1390
LC item number
.B69 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gnosticism
  • Church history
Label
The Gnostics : myth, ritual, and diversity in early Christianity, David Brakke
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Imagining "Gnosticism" and early Christianities -- Identifying the Gnostics and their literature -- The myth and rituals of the Gnostic school of thought -- Unity and diversity in second-century Rome -- Strategies of self-differentiation
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 164 p.
Isbn
9780674066038
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010018570
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn555660617
  • (OCoLC)555660617
  • 1428055
Label
The Gnostics : myth, ritual, and diversity in early Christianity, David Brakke
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Imagining "Gnosticism" and early Christianities -- Identifying the Gnostics and their literature -- The myth and rituals of the Gnostic school of thought -- Unity and diversity in second-century Rome -- Strategies of self-differentiation
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 164 p.
Isbn
9780674066038
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010018570
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn555660617
  • (OCoLC)555660617
  • 1428055

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