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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The Monkey Is the Messenger. This and Kurt Rudolph’ s ‘Gnosis’ are far and away the best, aside of course from the English translations of the Nag Hammadi library by Robinson et al. The intermingling of Greek rationality and philosophy with the rich mythological tapestries of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Persia—combined with the massive upheavals and destruction that accompanied the setting up of two colossal, antagonistic empires, Roman and Parthian, as masters of the settled world—produced a ferment of new religious and philosophical notions, an intricately creative cauldron in which roiled many of the ideas that provided the base material with which the road towards the modern world has been paved.

The Nature and History of Gnosticism Paperback. Please try again later. Instead he asserts ‘The gnostic movement – such as we must call it – was a widespread phenomena in the critical centuries indicated, feeding like Christianity on the impulses of a widely prevalent human situation, and therefore erupting in many places, many forms, and many languages.


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Learn more about Amazon Prime. It’s a weak point that Rudolph’ s super-detailed book, being more recent, doesn’t hanz. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. In this way, Jonas effectively re-framed his original work.

Page 1 of 1 Start jknas Page 1 of 1. See all 22 reviews. The cosmos was instead corrupt and evil, the product of a tyrannical demiurge, and only by defying this baleful order either through asceticism or libertinism could humans break through it to achieve union with a transmundane, wholly other God.

His academic studies under Heidegger had sharpened Jonas’s perception for the thought-world of Late Antiquity, which Jonas presents as one marked by a deep rift between self and world, world and God, and God and self. Buy the selected items together This item: The Face of Water. Jonas provides the clearest and shortest understanding of gnosticism that I’ve ever read.

Though outdated by today’s standards, Hans Jonas has written a wonderful and insightful study into Gnosticism’s foundational teachings, ggnostic faith’s context within the Greco-Roman world religipn late antiquity, and it’s modern relevancies. One person found this helpful. Hakeem rated it it was amazing Dec 25, Jul 09, Chadwick rated it it was amazing. Jonas concludes by noting that the beginning and end gnosticism’s paradox n is the unknown God himself who is unknowable on principle because the other is totally unknown and is other to everything that is know, and yet is somehow the object of a knowledge and asks to be know.


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

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This and Kurt Rudolph’ s ‘Gnosis’ are far and away the best, aside of course from the English translations of the Nag Hammadi library by Robinson et al. Gnosticc there he moved in to New York Citywhere he was to live for the rest of his life. In this competition, Jonas from the start marks Gnosticism as the “aggressor — it was an embattled cause from the beginning and thus came under the scrutiny of those whose cause it threatened to subvert.

Then it was mentioned again recently in another book I’m reading, so I thought to look it up in the school relivion, and behold it was there.