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Gnosis on the Silk Road: Gnostic Texts from Central Asia

Klimkeit, Hans-Joachim

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ISBN 10: 0060645865 / ISBN 13: 9780060645861
Published by HarperSanFrancisco, New York, 1993
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Pp: xx + 405. Silver titles: sp. Illust. w/ b/w maps & facsim. docs. Blue bds. w/ gold cloth sp. Dj price-clipped. Interior leaves are clean and tight. English translation of the major. "Gnostic Parables, Hymns & Prayers." found in a central Asian context. Includes chapter endnotes, bibliography, and texts translated. Bookseller Inventory # 003038

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Title: Gnosis on the Silk Road: Gnostic Texts from ...

Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition

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In the late 1970s the first English translation of the Coptic texts discovered in Egypt in 1945, which came to be known as the Nag Hammadi Library, profoundly changed the world's understanding of Christianity. Now with the publication of Gnosis on the Silk Road - a never before published collection of extraordinary texts from the Gnostic tradition in Central Asia - renowned scholar and author Hans-Joachim Klimkeit has provided a unique Eastern companion text to that important work.
This first-ever English translation of the major Gnostic texts from Asia is a vital discovery that reveals a new expression of Christianity as it blended with the mystical religions of Turkey, Persia, Central Asia, and even China.
Klimkeit presents an astonishing collection of parables, hymns, narratives, and prayers that unveil a major Christian movement primarily founded by the prophet Mani, who merged Gnostic Christianity with the radical religious dualism of Persian religion and Zoroaster. As the movement spread along the Silk Road from Turkey to Asia, it adopted prominent features from Hinduism, Buddhism, and other Asian faiths. The result was a Christian philosophy and practice that was much closer to the mystical, meditative religions of the East.
Like the Western Gnosticism reflected in the Nag Hammadi Library, this Eastern Gnosticism was condemned as heresy by orthodox Christianity, and only today with the opening up of the former Soviet Union and the increased awareness of the importance of the Silk Road has the world been given a chance to learn from this radically different approach to Christianity.

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The first-ever English translation of Gnostic texts from Asia. A vital discovery that reveals a new expression of Christianity as it blended with the mystical religions of Turkey, Persia, Central Asia, and even China.

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