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Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper by Mark H. Gaffney

Dee added it Jun 24, Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: Irenaeus penned a lengthy treatise to unmask the hoax, and about forty years later another Church father Bishop Hippolytus, compiled a ten-volume opus of his own.

While I found that most traces played out in fuzzy lacunae—in the dangling thoughts of long-forgotten scholars or the silent ggnostic of dead cities—my efforts did not go entirely unrewarded. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Indeed, Hippolytus leaves no doubt: It is he who supplies the fiery heat of generation by which these forms are still continued. This book is secrete yet featured on Listopia. Mathgirl77 rated it it was amazing Jun 18, They find the liturgy tiresome nasasenes the rituals and sacraments empty exercises. Throughout the book I have included citations pertaining to the Sermon— Refutation 5.

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It shows a deep knowledge of the esoteric traditions at the heart of the world’s religions. Early Gnostic Christian sects. Cn Skinner rated it it was ok Oct 03, In particular, the teachings of the branch of Gnostic called the “Naasseenes” were most closely in tune with this current in Jesus’ philosophy, and the Last Supper can be seen as a metaphor for the initiatory process which potentially make each of us recognize the spark of the divine within us.

Because the evidence of these is still thin, we shall have less to say of them. Bishop Irenaeus was one of the first to warn his fellow Christians about the insidious danger. The Mysteries of the ancient world, it is taught, pertained to generation. Justin Swanstrom rated it really liked it Jun 28, Albright, one of the leading biblical scholars of the twentieth century.


Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper

According to the Naassenes, immanence in the true sense intended by Jesus allows for spiritual attainment by ordinary Christians in this life without the intermediary of Church or priest. Paperbackpages. One of the first of gnkstic titles applied to Attis is papas —here we are taught to recognise him who brought to rest epause all the disorderly motion that prevailed before his appearing.

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: Be the first to ask a question about Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes. There is a copious use also of the Old Testament ; and besides we are told there is a use of the Gospel according to the Egyptiansand that of Thomas.

In the following chapters we will break new ground by entering into the world of the Gnostics. Immanence, in the true sense intended by Jesus, thus allows for spiritual attainment in this life by ordinary individuals without thr intermediary of Church or priest. Furthermore, the baby – or rather on this case, the snake, symbolising Gnosis, or experiential spiritual insight – was well-and truly thrown out with the bathwater. Some, despite their misgivings, choose to remain within the Church.

This book has been written with them in mind, which brings us back to the matter of origins Scholars generally agree that during its first centuries Christianity faced serious competition from numerous rivals, including Mithraism, Judaism, the official cults of Rome, various other pagan Mystery religions, and Gnostic Christianity.

Since none of us were alive at the time Christ walked the earth, gnoostic is exciting and enlightening to learn as much as we can about both the traditional elements that rose from the teachings of Paul and Peter, and the more personal and often suppressed elements being taught by mystics, Gnostics and those who actually walked beside Christ.

I will say that on occasion that I did not agree with what the author extrapolated based on a given texts, sometimes he reaches a bit far in my opinion.

He lives in Oregon. For the author’s method of exegesis enables him to find his system in Homer with as much ease as in the Bible. Thank God for your book’s clarity, rigor, and hopefulness Fred rated it really liked it Jul 05, Ronald added it Dec 14, A most interesting book, which posits that Christianity missed the core of the teachings which Jesus left behind in it’s scramble toward orthodoxy and consolidation of power during the Council of Nicea and later such meetings. Retrieved from ” https: The first English translation appeared in and stirred a brief flurry of interest, but unfortunately other archaeological discoveries at the turn of the twentieth century overshadowed it.


Even those scholars who have struck a more sympathetic tone have usually imputed a negative value to Gnosticism, suggesting, for example, that it was a form of escapism. I was amazed to discover that its unknown author s wielded an encyclopedic command of scripture, a fact that is not necessarily evident from a zecrets reading. Additional terms Terms of transaction. He lives in Oregon.

Gaffney argues, however, and this is a rather more accepted viewpoint since the Nag Hamnadi documents have been made accissible that actually, the Naassene sermon is far more likely to be a far more original and authentic record o This book overall is certainly a pretty scholarly dissertation on how this important fragment of Gnostic lore should be interpreted within the context of the times and beyond the attempts of the emerging established Church to refute it as the heresy it is claimed to be.

This book helps to fill a void that may never be fully filled, but at least can be better understood. This was the real meaning of the Naassenfs Supper and secretw the Naassenes believed that Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Mystery traditions.

Gaffney is the author of Dimona: Even today Irenaeus and Hippolytus hold a special place of respect among orthodox scholars and are studied by each new generation of Christian theologians.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. They find neither comfort nor inspiration in tedious sermons and they resent ministers who lay guilt trips on members of the congregation. Looking for beautiful books?