Andre Gagne on the Gospel of Thomas

Here’s Andre Gagne talking about the Gospel of Thomas on the show Talk Gnosis. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Lectures on Neglected Aspects of the Bible and Christianity

Several interesting-looking videos of lectures came to my attention and I wanted to share them. First, here’s Amy-Jill Levine on sex, rape, gender, and other related matters in the Bible: Next, here’s Jason Beduhn on the “secret history” (i.e. neglected “heretical” streams and stories) of early Christian centuries: And finally, Ancient World Online shared some videos [Read More…]

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The Historical Jesus Facepalmed

Part two of my discussion of mythicism on the show Talk Gnosis is now available – in podcast form for anyone, and as a video for subscribers. Click this link and go have a listen or watch!   [Read more…]

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Talk Gnosis Interview about the Mandaeans

The video above is the first part of an interview I did for the online podcast series Talk Gnosis. In a couple of days, they will release the second part which is for subscribers only. Click through for more details about how to become a subscriber, and let me know what you think of the [Read More…]

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Magic Bowls at #AARSBL15 in Atlanta

For those interested in Judaism, Mandaeism, Late Antiquity, ancient magic, Aramaic, and any number of other topics, there are two sessions at AAR this year that you ought not to miss. One is the Traditions of Eastern Late Antiquity session, about which I’ll include details further below. But the other is a session which will [Read More…]

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New Journal: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

April DeConick shared the news on her blog that E. J. Brill is launching a new academic journal dedicated to the study of Gnosticism. Here is what the Brill website has to say about the journal: Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies is a peer-reviewed publication devoted to the study of Gnostic religious currents from the ancient [Read More…]

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Pistis Sophias

The composition is by Andrew Violette, and the score, which is visible in the video, is also available on IMSLP. [Read more…]

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Redeeming Gnosticism

There will be an interesting conference at Rice University this week: GNOSTIC COUNTERCULTURES: INTRIGUE AND TERROR (RICE UNIVERSITY, HOUSTON, 26-28 MARCH) Upcoming in Texas, a taste of something completely different: “Members of this congress will explore the Gnostic in Western culture from the ancient world to the modern New Age, tracing the emergence, persistence, and [Read More…]

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The First Baptists, The Last Gnostics

Here’s a recording of the talk I gave about the Mandaeans yesterday to an audience of faculty, staff, and students at Butler University, as part of the Faculty Brown Bag series. [Read more…]

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That One’s Beams

I noticed the image on a post on Chet Raymo’s Science Musings Blog, “Heaven in the Ordinary,” had a quote from the Nag Hammadi text The Treatise on the Resurrection, and so I thought I should pass it on. The paragraph from which the words are taken reads as follows: The Savior swallowed up death [Read More…]

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Simon Paulus?

A post on the blog Is That In The Bible? pointed out some interesting parallels between the teaching of Simon Magus according to Irenaeus, and the teaching of Paul in Galatians. The question was then asked how much Paul and Simon Magus would have disagreed. It is also noteworthy that Simon is depicted in Acts [Read More…]

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