Nag Hammadi at Early Christian Writings

As Peter Kirby mentioned on his blog a few days ago, he has added the Nag Hammadi Gnostic texts to his wonderfully useful website, Early Christian Writings. Mike Grondin has now added two lists of those materials to his Gospel of Thomas website: one listing the Nag Hammadi texts alphabetically by name, the other listing [Read More...]

Cain, Abel, and Mario Kart

There is a Tumblr called “Facts I Just Made Up” which includes a lot of outlandish explanations of photos. It also includes this rather unique false but funny claim related to Gnostic interpretation of the Bible: [Read more...]

Images of Extracanonical Manuscripts Needed

I know there are readers of this blog whose expertise and connections range far and wide, and so I hope you won’t mind me appealing to you for assistance. Does anyone have or know of images of  manuscripts of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary (Berlin Codex) that can be found [Read More...]

Pre-Christian Gnosticism and Christology

Larry Hurtado posted recently about his talk on “fallacies and fashions” in New Testament studies. One fashionable fallacy he focused on is the notion of a pre-Christian Gnostic redeemer myth, as was posited by the History of Religion School in the 20th century. As Hurtado mentions, Carsten Colpe (in Die religionsgeschichtliche Schule: Darstellung und Kritik [Read More...]

Forthcoming Book of Interest

Acumen Publishing has released Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric and Mystical Traditions, edited by April DeConick and Grant Adamson. It looks to be a very interesting volume, and I hope to get a chance to read and review it in the not-too-distant future. Here is a description provided [Read More...]

Mary Magdalene Resources

Anthony LeDonne mentioned on his blog that he has a new book coming out: The Wife of Jesus: Ancient Texts and Modern Scandals. I think the cover, with a woman whose face is obscured, is very clever. Mark Mattison has made an interlinear version of the Gospel of Mary available on the Gospel of Thomas [Read More...]

Alin Suciu’s Thesis Online

Alin Suciu has successfully defended his dissertation – and I wish him heartfelt congratulations! He has kindly made the dissertation available on his blog. It is on the text often referred to as “The Gospel of the Savior” but which Alin emphasizes is not rightly placed in the Gospel genre. Hence the title of his [Read More...]

The Mandaean Refugee Crisis

The last two presentations were by Erica Hunter and by Layla al-Roomi and another Mandaean, and they focused on the situation of Mandaeans today. Mandaeans face discrimination and persecution in their historic homelands in Iran and Iran, and in the diaspora they face the difficulty of trying to preserve their heritage when they may have [Read More...]

Abiding Questions

In working on my conference paper on lightworld visitors to Jerusalem in the Mandaean Book of John, I've been looking up related passages in the Nag Hammadi texts. Below is a passage from “The Sophia of Jesus Christ,” which always strikes me, because the response of Philip on behalf of the disciples describes something that [Read More...]

Agnostic Theists and Other Varieties

I came across this image today on Reddit: It poses two axes, knowledge and belief. But one of them strikes me as peculiar. Why is the one that runs from left to right categorized as having to do with “belief”? It seems to me that a graphic that explores religious and non-religious options, and the [Read More...]

Happy Valentinus Day

A pun on the name of the famous Gnostic teacher Valentinus, made by a commenter on a recent post, led me to think that there ought to be Gnostic Valentines for Valentine’s Day - or should that be Valentinus Day? Here are a few I came up with: No, they are not supposed to be taken seriously. [Read More...]


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