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May the powers that be steer anyone interested in Gnosticism far clear of this one, it could sour you on the topic for a lifetime. You already feel you know these Gnostics and their mystical beliefs so well that the actual word-for-word text from Hippolytus is an afterthought, a chance to see the actual mechanics of his refutation, and all that it embodied and conveyed.

The first English translation appeared in and stirred a brief flurry of interest, but unfortunately other archaeological discoveries at the turn of the twentieth century overshadowed it.

While I am the first to agree that some of the Gnostics were more than a little strange, in the following pages I hope to show that the general negative impression is a false one, a mere artifact. Capabilities Text to speech. Cn Skinner rated it it was ok Oct 03, I shall never forget the first time I opened this part of the Refutation, known as the Naassene Sermon, a remarkable polemic aimed at one of the Gnostic groups, the Naassenes.


In particular, the teachings of the branch of Gnostic called the “Naasseenes” were most closely in tune with this current in Jesus’ philosophy, and the Last Supper can be seen as a metaphor for the initiatory process which potentially make each of us recognize the spark of the divine within us. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 20mm This page was last edited on 22 Octoberat To rate and review, sign in.

Eric Hall rated it really liked it Mar 10, Jerimi Meyers marked it as to-read Aug 20, Books by Mark H. The interest in Gnosticism is genuine enough, yet there is also something irksome about the scholarship to date.

The problem, as we shall see, has nothing to do with Gnosticism—it has everything to do with the adequacy of scholarship itself. Jenna Mattison rated it did not like it Dec 24, Others gnstic voted with their feet and have left.

The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper. I was persuaded that several scholars were right to conclude that Hippolytus had stumbled onto one or more mystical writings that were never intended for public consumption and had embedded them in his Refutation.

Hippolytus declares that the verses of Paul in Romans 1: Even today Irenaeus and Hippolytus hold a special place of respect among orthodox scholars and are studied by each new generation of Christian theologians. secrts

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He lives in Oregon. Throughout the book Thee have included citations pertaining to the Sermon— Refutation 5. Refresh and try again. It is ironic that his very ignorance enhances his credibility as a witness: Rather, it appears to have been recorded verbatim.


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Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper

They are distrustful of doctrines and are not persuaded by pat answers to profound questions. For instance, he dilates much on the Phrygian rites, and the whole section seems to be a commentary on a hymn to the Phrygian Attis.

It took numerous forms; even within Christianity there were different Gnostic sects—Hippolytus mentions a number of these in his Refutation. The Naassene work known to Hippolytus would seem to have been of what we may call a devotional character rather than a formal exposition of doctrine, and this perhaps is why it is difficult to draw from the accounts left us a thoroughly consistent scheme.

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes : The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper

Open Preview See a Problem? Tom Mc rated it it was amazing May 14, Gnostic Christianity was a later development, an errant stepchild of the second and third centuries C.

Now, at long last, thanks to the corroborating scriptures unearthed at Nag Hammadi, its true importance can finally be established, because a portion of the Refutation, found in Book 5, is one of the keys to early Christianity. Robinson exemplified this trend.