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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Gnostic Intellectuals?

I apologize that I didn’t manage to find the time until now to mention the conversation about ancient Gnostic intellectuals that has been taking place lately. Read Larry Hurtado’s post that sparked the discussion, April DeConick’s response, Larry Hurtado’s reply,  as well as contributions by Mike Bird and Jared Calaway. I think it is fair [Read More...]

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Secret Scriptures Revealed Reviewed

I am grateful to Eerdmans for providing me with a free review copy of Tony Burke's recent book, Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha. As Burke says towards the end of the penultimate chapter, his book “is merely an appetizer; the main course awaits” (p.150). The volume manages to squeeze in [Read More...]

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Bart Ehrman on the Gospel of Judas

Bart Ehrman gave the lecture above at a very strange place. In the YouTube sidebar, it recommended another lecture Ehrman gave at the Getty Museum:   [Read more...]

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