Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity. Harvard University Press Cambridge, Massachusetts. London, England 2010. Printed in the United States of America. Brakke, David The Gnostics : myth, ritual, and diversity in early. Christianity, David Brakke. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index. ISBN 978-0-674-04684-9.
One person found this helpful. David Brakke aims to address many of these questions in The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity. Chapter 1 (Imagining Gnosticism and Early Christianities) discusses the preliminary matters necessary for any serious engagement with the early Christian sect. Brakke lists the texts which he thinks were produced by the ancient Gnostics. I don’t know the texts well enough to appraise his list, nor will I include it here, due to length, though presumably they all embody Sethian distinctives. Chapter 3 (The Myth and the Rituals of the Gnostic School of Thought) charts out the Gnostic Myth, with all it’s complexity, and offer a glimpse into the ritual worship of this Christian sect.
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This book offers an illuminating discussion of recent scholarly debates over the concept of ��Gnosticism�� and the nature of early Christian diversity. Acknowledging that the category ��Gnosticism�� is flawed and must be reformed, David Brakke argues for a more careful approach to gathering evidence for the ancient Christian movement known as the Gnostic school of thought. Rather than depicting the Gnostics as heretics or as the losers in the fight to define Christianity, Brakke argues that the Gnostics participated in an ongoing reinvention of Christianity, in which other Christians not only rejected their ideas but also adapted and transformed them.
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. In this book the author takes up the issue of diversity in early Christianity, with special attention to a group that he identifies as "Gnostics. In the first chapter ("Imagining 'Gnosticism' and Early Christianities") he discusses the current controversy on the use of the term Gnosticism and adopts the position of some scholars that there was no such thing. At the end of the chapter Brakke provides a list of the surviving works of the Gnostics and various ancient testimonia. As is well known, some of the "Gnostic" texts have no Christian elements in them at all.
Who were the Gnostics? And how did the Gnostic movement influence the development of Christianity in antiquity? Is it true that the Church rejected Gnosticism? This book offers an illuminating discussion of recent scholarly debates over the concept of œGnosticism� and the nature of early Christian diversity. Rather than depicting the Gnostics as heretics or as the losers in the fight to define Christianity, Brakke argues that the Gnostics participated in an ongoing reinvention of Christianity, in which other Christians not only rejected their ideas but also adapted and transformed them
From the beginning, Brakke sets out to dispel the myth that Do not be fooled by the slimness of this book, it is intellectually heavy. My guess is that Brakke wrote The Gnostics as a doctoral thesis and later decided to get it published for general audiences. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the Gnostic tradition, because it will give you an idea of how complex the study is.
Arguments sketched out in an important 1995 article by Bentley Layton benefit here from the more visible platform of a full monograph. In wonderfully lucid prose, David Brakke articulates a position familiar to specialists but probably not to many other readers. Arguments sketched out in an important 1995 article by Bentley Layton benefit here from the more visible platform of a full monograph. It is well known that none of the writings such as the Secret Book, Judas, or the others contains the self-designation gnōstikos or a Coptic equivalent, but instead one finds references to the "race of Seth," "holy race," or "immovable race," etc.