Книга: Bentley Layton «The Gnostic Scriptures»

The Gnostic Scriptures

Производитель: "DoubleDay"

The works in this collection are heretical - a heretical counterpart of the holy scriptures of Christianity and Judaism (which gnostics also read). But despite their highly unorthodox character, these works shed great light on the theology, atmosphere, and literary traditions of ancient Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism. The gnostic movement did not simply share in the culture to which early Christianity belonged. Gnostics in fact made up one of the earliest and most long-lived branches of the ancient Christian religion; it was only after centuries of struggle that they could be eradicated by the established church. Orthodox Christian doctrine of the ancient world - and thus of the modern church - was partly conceived of as being what gnostic scripture was not. For this reason, a knowledge of gnostic scripture is indispensable for anyone who hopes to understand the historical roots of Christian theology and belief. Moreover, the gnostic myth grew up in an intimate dialogue -... ISBN:978-0-300-14013-2

Издательство: "DoubleDay" (1987)

Формат: 155x230, 576 стр.

ISBN: 978-0-300-14013-2

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Bentley Layton

Bentley Layton (born 1941), is Professor of Religious Studies (Ancient Christianity) and Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Coptic) at Yale University (since 1983). He is a Harvard-educated scholar who has been central to the late 20th-century "Rediscovery of Gnosticism", which was the title of the international conference he hosted at Yale in 1980 and the volume that came of it. His interests lie in the History of Christianity from its origins until the rise of Islam, Gnostic studies and Coptic.

With a "summa cum laude" thesis on the Nag Hammadi Gnostic Coptic Treatise on the Resurrection, which he presented in a critical edition in 1978, he has moved on to present critical editions of other texts: "The Hypostasis of the Archons, Or, The Reality of the Rulers..." , serialized in "Harvard Theological Review" 67 (1974) 351—425 and 69 (1976) 1—71, and others. His most accessible book is "The Gnostic Scriptures: A New Translation with Annotations" (Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1987), which presents some of the enigmatic literature of gnostic Christianity for nonspecialists. He sets his selection of gnostic scripture, the writings of Valentinus and his followers, and related writings that display gnostic tendencies within the broader context of Early Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism, with generous introductions and plentiful annotations.

For specialists, Layton's Coptic grammar is a standard text. He catalogued all the Coptic manuscripts in the British Library. He is a board member on the " Harvard Theological Review" and the "Journal of Coptic Studies".

External links

* [http://www.yale.edu/religiousstudies/facultypages/cvbl.html Yale University:] Bentley Layton "curriculum vitae"

Источник: Bentley Layton

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