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Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas

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Discover the mysteries of Gnosticism-its worldview, rituals, and sacred texts-and reveal its remarkable impact on western religious history.

Topics Covered:
  • 1: Rediscovering Gnosis
  • 2: Who Were the Gnostics?
  • 3: God in Gnostic Myth
  • 4: Gnosticism on Creation, Sin, and Salvation
  • 5: Judas as a Gnostic Tragic Hero
  • 6: Gnostic Bible Stories
  • 7: Gnosticism's Ritual Pathway to God
  • 8: The Feminine in Gnostic Myth
  • 9: The Gospel of Thomas's Cryptic Sayings
  • 10: The Gospel of Thomas on Reunifying the Self
  • 11: Valentinus, Great Preacher of Gnosis
  • 12: God and Creation in Valentinian Myth
  • 13: "Becoming Male" through Valentinian Ritual
  • 14: Valentinian Views on Christian Theology
  • 15: Mary Magdalene as an Apostle of Gnosis
  • 16: Competing Revelations from Christ
  • 17: The Invention of Heresy
  • 18: Making Gnosis Orthodox
  • 19: Gnosticism and Judaism
  • 20: Gnosis without Christ
  • 21: The Mythology of Manichaeism
  • 22: Augustine on Manichaeism and Original Sin
  • 23: Gnostic Traces in Western Religions
  • 24: "Gnosticism" in the Modern Imagination

Taught by

David Brakke, Ph.D., M.Div.

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