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  • Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas

  • By: David Brakke, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David Brakke
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
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This fascinating 24-lecture course is a richly detailed guide to the theology, sacred writings, rituals, and outstanding human figures of the Gnostic movements. What we call "Gnosticism" comprised a number of related religious ideologies and movements, all of which sought " gnosis," or immediate, direct, and intimate knowledge of God. The Gnostics had many scriptures, but unlike the holy texts of other religions, Gnostic scriptures were often modified over time.

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  • A excellent overview of early Gnostic traditions

  • By Jacobus on 03-07-15

Great course!

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Reviewed: 01-18-16

I enjoyed this course. The material was presented clearly and objectively. I liked the way the presenter handled opinions and concepts with which he disagreed, fairly and in a balanced way. He also made it clear when he was stating opinion rather than fact.

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