The Gnostic Gospels

Early Christians lived in the context of Greek culture and used Greek philosophy to explain their beliefs. But when Greek philosophy started defining Christian beliefs, things went horribly wrong.

Day One: The Gnostic Gospels
The Gnostic gospels are writings by early "Christian" Gnostics. After the first century of Christianity, two primary divisions developed — the orthodox and the Gnostics...
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See Also: "What is the definition of the term Gnostic?"

Day Two: The Nag Hammadi Library
Nag Hammadi is a town in northern Egypt where a collection of ancient writings was discovered in 1945. The collection of writings has since been titled the Nag Hammadi library, or the Nag Hammadi scrolls, or the Nag Hammadi codices...
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See Also: "Why You Can Love 1 John without Being a Heretic"

Day Three: The Pistis Sophia
The Pistis Sophia is a Gnostic document that purports to contain additional teachings of Jesus Christ given after His resurrection. Pistis Sophia, which means "Faith Wisdom," is not its true title and is found no place in the document itself...
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See Also: "Lucy and Gnosticism"

Day Four: The Gospel of Thomas
The gospel of Thomas is a Coptic manuscript discovered in 1945 at Nag Hammadi in Egypt. This manuscript contains 114 sayings attributed to Jesus. Some of these sayings resemble sayings found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John...
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See Also: "What is Christian Gnosticism?"

Day Five: The Gospel of Philip
Similar to the gospel of Thomas, the gospel of Philip is a collection of sayings, supposedly of Jesus. The gospel of Philip focuses a great deal on the "sacrament of marriage" as a "sacred mystery"...
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See Also: "What are the esoteric keys to the Bible?"

Day Six: The Gospel of Mary (Magdalene)
The gospel of Mary was discovered in the Akhmim Codex in Cairo, Egypt, in 1896. It was not made public until 1955, when it was published due to the popularity of the Nag Hammadi library...
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See Also: "Was Jesus Christ married? Did Jesus have a wife?"

Day Seven: The Gospel of Judas
Sometime in the 1970s, in a cave in Egypt, a copy of the "Gospel of Judas" was discovered. The circumstances of the discovery have been described as shady, with those who possessed the copy asking for exorbitant amounts of money for the codex...
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See Also: "Who was Judas Iscariot?"

Image Credit: "Nag Hammadi Codex II, folio 32"; 4th century; Public Domain

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Published 1-29-16