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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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Outdated, but still a good, solid introduction to the travails of the Ggnostic of assorted hue. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The first three chapters provide the historical context and survey of the contents jonass gnostic writings. Buy the selected items together This item: I don’t know what I was talking about.

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Stay in Touch Sign up. In this time he wrote several letters to Lore about philosophy, in particular philosophy of biology, that would form the basis of his later publications on the subject. The fact that Nag Hammadi is as of yet unaccounted for here is compensated by including more info from the Mandeans, which is annoying to a casual reader seeking general knowledge, but awesome for a reader vnostic versed in more common information.

His first edition analyzed the main tenets of Gnostic literature, catalogued the systems of thought developed by several Gnostic speculators, and discussed the conflict between Gnosticism and “the Classical Mind”; the second edition added gnostoc chapter discussing the Nag Hamadi scripts and, more gnosyic, the chapter “Gnosticism, Existentialism, and Nihilism”.

The enthusiasm of a Hans Jonas hold the readers attention. Jonas aimed for an even mix of the Iranian and Syrian-Egyptian types in the six principal systems he examines, even including a pagan gnostic belief in the Poimandres of Hermes Trismegistus. What I like about these stories are they are serious attempts at trying to give some kind of meaning to the darkness of the world.


Brown has popularized is kind of a watered down version of what Gnostic thought actually was or maybe not, as I hadn’t read much about this prior to this book, and knew most of what I knew from the back of books and from other reputable sources, my knowledge of Mr. View all 9 comments. Still, Jonas has a particularly eloquent flair for analyzing and evoking the particular flavor or character of Gnosticism that Rudolph doesn’t even attempt.

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

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The Hymn of the Pearl. Most useful for people with a philosophical background: It’s a weak point that Rudolph’ s super-detailed book, being more recent, doesn’t have. The two faiths competed, responding to some of the same pressures rising within Judaism, the Greek cults, and other Middle Eastern religions. In the gnostic dawn, postulating a divinity beyond all comprehension seemed a rational response religipn the apparent irrationality of a suddenly menacing and hardscrabble environment.


AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I haven’t read any of them. Also if I waited a week later every other douchebag I mean serious reader, will also be once again engrossed in Gnostic-esque books and I’d look like a bandwagon jumper. Selected Correspondence,University of Missouri Press,p. By study of Gnosticism had shifted even more significantly, as Jonas reported, “It is now difficult to define which field, which particular section of scholarship, is the true home of research in Gnosticism.

Jonas’ writings were very influential in different spheres. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Open Preview See a Problem? East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. It is so well done that you could read only the first two chapters and still have an immensely better appreciation for the contents of and rationale for gnoticism, in its pagan and Christian contexts. Frater Nepsis rated it really liked it Apr 07, I highly recommend it if you want to know th A lot of books about the Gnostics gnotsic about how jonaw 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 history of the discovery of hidden texts.


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

The Cosmos in Greek and Gnostic Evaluation. While in no way neglecting historical or theological issues, Jonas didn’t get bogged down in them: In an epilogue, Jonas draws interesting parallels between the spiritual situation he discusses in his book and the uans which haunted European thought in his own lifetime.

Caterina Fake rated it it was amazing Apr 21, For the Gnostics, unlike for earlier philosophers, humans could not hope for any reliable normative or ethical guidance from the structure of the cosmos. His writing on Gnosticism interprets the religion from an existentialist philosophical viewpoint.

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Readable, eminently understandablewhich is the real miracle, considering the baroque nature of some of the source material. One of Jung’s great works, about the lonely alien who is a gnostiv, but related to Christ in many ways. Jonas devoted decades to the study of this fascinating phenomenon, and he presents his key findings here in a more accessible style than in his early, two-volume study, “Gnosis und spaetantiker Geist”.