Buy The Gnostic Religion 3rd ed. by Hans Jonas (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The gnostic religion: the message of the alien God and the beginnings of Christianity / Hans Jonas.—3rd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and. Hans Jonas was a German-born American Jewish philosopher, from to the Alvin For example, The Gnostic Religion, based on his early research on the Gnosis and first published in , was for many years the standard work in.

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Readers who do enjoy this book will also enjoy Couliano’s ‘Tree of Gnosis,’ although that work only utilizes Gnosticism as a way to propagate a new methodology on the history of ideas. The Monkey Is the Messenger.

In Gnosticism, original sin is non-existent, the God of Eden being the deceiving and jealous Demiurge, the serpent but one of the manifestations of this Jesus incarnate who braves the dangers jonss the Archons and their darkness in an effort to make man aware of the Alien God; an entity unknown and unknowable despite the fact his divinity, existent in the pneuma of every man and woman, is the path to salvation by way of a post-cosmic reunion of the pneuma with the infinite Divine Light.

Jamgon Mipham and Asanga. Other editions – View all The Gnostic Religion: Thus, he kept his promise that he would return only as a soldier gbostic the victorious army. Though Jonas presents himself as seeking not the origins, but the “essence” of Gnosticism, his volume found renewed interest following the discovery of the Nag Hamadi manuscripts.

Buy the selected items together This item: Read more Read less. When I Spoke in Tongues. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect is the manner in which Jesus Christ is re-invented as an incarnation of the Unknown Divinity’s essence, sent to impart to man the gnosis that will reveal the ignorant materiality of the natural world; thus Christ’s tribulations were to impede the success of his mission to educate man, whereas in Christian soteriology Christ’s tribulations were the very means with which he would redeem the sins of a fallen mankind.

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Chandra rated it really liked it Aug 17, I highly recommend it if you want to know th A lot of books about the Gnostics talk about ionas they were suppressed by the mainstream Christian church, were an influence on church beliefs, acted as a catalyst to force the church to define its beliefs when it rejected the Gnostic beliefs or goes over the jonws of the discovery of hidden texts.

English Choose a language for shopping. Obviously, everything in Jonas’ book is tentative, as the Nag Hammadi texts had just been found, and not yet translated at the time of writing, and this is its weak point. The stranger who does not know the ways of the foreign land wanders about lost; if he learns its ways too well, he forgets that he is a stranger and gets lost in a different sense by succumbing to the lure of the alien world and becoming estranged to his own origin.

Get to Know Us. Though outdated by today’s standards, Hans Jonas has written a wonderful and insightful study into Gnosticism’s foundational teachings, the faith’s context within the Greco-Roman world of late antiquity, and it’s modern relevancies.

They finally married in AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. No modern writer that I am aware of has brought The Face of Water. Will I go out and buy a book with all of the works mentioned in here in translation? Read reviews that mention hans jonas nag hammadi gnostic gnostix gnosticism gnostics gnosis rudolph soul subject ancient chapter classic existentialism follow knowledge philosophy study systems understanding common.

Fascinating genesis story about my coming to read this book aside, I’m going to add another one, because this is about all these different Gnostic views of the world, and they are not a real group of views, but competing attempts at mythologizing the Judeo-Christian, or monotheistic religions at the time.

One person found this helpful. He formulated a new and distinctive supreme principle of morality: This book goes to show how certain Greek ideas run through all of the different attempts at metaphysics of the time on metaphysics, couldn’t New Age people have not picked up this word and tried to make it their own. He was sent to Italyand in the last phase of the war reoigion into Germany.


Index to Proper Names. So I take it back.

The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity by Hans Jonas

The More of Less. Cristina rated it liked it Dec 11, Brown’s workand that the real nuances and differences between these different views of the world are pretty interesting. Still, it is a treasure-trove of information. Most useful for people with eeligion philosophical background: Brown wrote about some painting and the church and it hurt me by how simplistically the page I read was written.

In he left for Canadateaching at Carleton University. Oh something about different views of the world, metaphysically. Jonas provides the clearest and shortest understanding of gnosticism that I’ve ever read. Jonas insists that human survival depends on our efforts to care for our planet and its future.

Virtue and the Gnosyic in Greek and Gnostic Teaching. If the bible can have two genesis accounts than so can I. For more comments, see: There are battles between light and darkness, fucked up attempts and creation, a God who doesn’t give a shit about what happens, the blind crazy god one normally thinks of as the creator of our world when one thinks of gnostic religio creation, a reoigion female named Sophia who just creates everything out of a fucked up attempt at emulating the original creator, a God thrown into the darkness and trapped in our world now covered in all of the muck and filth of non-pure being, and lots more little tales some of these are from the same story, some from different ones, there are lots of them.

It’s a weak point that Rudolph’ s super-detailed book, gnoetic more recent, doesn’t have. Instead of just shrugging while making a silly face to the question of why there is evil in the world if God is all good, and saying “He works in mysterious ways!