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Beginnings of Christianity: Essene Mystery, Gnostic Revelation and the Christian Vision

Welburn, Andrew

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ISBN 10: 0863154484 / ISBN 13: 9780863154485
Published by Floris Books, England, 2007
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Title: Beginnings of Christianity: Essene Mystery, ...

Publisher: Floris Books, England

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

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Early Christianity had a powerful esoteric current. This is reflected in the New Testament writings of Mark, Paul, and, above all, John. Gnostic Christians tried to preserve this tradition, using the archaic mysteries as a way to knowing (gnosis) of higher cosmic truths. But the Gnostic sects were finally suppressed by an orthodoxy that, Andrew Welburn concludes, had lost sight of the “dynamic of the self.”

The full scope of the traditions on which the Gnostics drew is clearer following the modern archaeological finds at Qumran and Nag Hammadi. As a result of these discoveries, the boundaries have started to fade between the ancient pagan mysteries, Jewish tradition―especially as expressed in the Essene sect―and early Christian belief.

Welburn discovers a real kinship between this present age and the early Christians, and shows how, in a way not possible for the Reformation Church, we now have the chance to rediscover the spiritual world and meaning of Christian beginnings.

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Andrew Welburn is a fellow of New College, Oxford. He has written, translated, and edited numerous books on spiritual science and early Christianity, including The Beginnings of Christianity: Essene Mystery, Gnostic Revelation and the Christian Vision (1991); Gnosis: The Mysteries and Christianity (1994); and Myth of the Nativity: The Virgin Birth Re-examined (2006).

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