12384Re: Valentinian Exegesis of the Pauline Corpus
- May 4, 2006--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, --Michael <epsilon717@...> wrote:
>Hi, Michael. _The Other Bible_ is edited by Willis Barnstone,
> --- pmcvflag <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Hey Michael
> > The so called "Other Bible" is just a collection you can
> most likely find at any larger bookstore.
> Sorry. Still confused. I haunt the local Borders. Never have
> seen anything like what you describe. Are you referring to
> collections such as Nag Hammadi, books thereon, or the
> so-called "Gnostic Bible?"
> If you're not referring to a specific book but, rather, to a
> set of texts, why the word "bible?" The connotation is
> something authoritative (there used to be a "Shooter's" and
> an "Angler's Bible" some years back).
who also was one of the editors of the more recent _The Gnostic
Both books are available in bookstores and through online
booksellers. I wouldn't get hung up on the term "bible" regarding
these two modern collections of various religious texts, although I
agree that the connotation can be confusing. They are *not* intended
to be compilations of texts for specific religious use with an
absolute authoritarian function. In fact, I think the editors of
_The Gnostic Bible_ realized misunderstanding that could ensue from
use of the word "bible," and they do explain the history and their
use of the term in the introduction to the book. They specifically
say that "the sacred literature in this Bible constitutes no closed
>PMCV's recommendation, _The Nag Hammadi Library_, edited by James M.
> > All in all, if you want to explore Gnosticism then the Nag
> Hammadi Library is BY FAR the general collection to get. Of
> course, the recently translated "Gospel of Judas" (edt.
> Kasser Meyer, Wurst) is also part of the same genre and
> widely available. If you read the notes it is actually kind
> of a good intro to Gnosticism in general.
> > PMCV
> Much appreciated.
> Notes and explanations are what I need. Reading the texts
> without background and context is rather fruitless for me.
Robinson, does provide helpful introductions to works. In addition,
if you like annotations, you'll find plenty in Bentley Layton's _The
Gnostic Scriptures_, which contains selected scriptures.
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