Buy The Gnostic Religion 3rd ed. by Hans Jonas (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The gnostic religion: the message of the alien God and the beginnings of Christianity / Hans Jonas.—3rd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and. Hans Jonas was a German-born American Jewish philosopher, from to the Alvin For example, The Gnostic Religion, based on his early research on the Gnosis and first published in , was for many years the standard work in.

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Jenkins No preview available – Heidegger joined the Hanw Party inwhich may have disturbed Jonas, as he was Jewish and an active Zionist. Sold by Greenway35 and ships from Amazon Fulfillment. This was written before the Egyptian discovery of all those gnostic texts. Nov 01, Michael rated it it was amazing.

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The Imperative of Responsibility: Germany portal Biography portal Philosophy portal. He formulated a new and distinctive supreme principle of morality: Jonas devoted decades to the study of this fascinating phenomenon, and he presents his key findings here in a more accessible style than in his early, two-volume study, “Gnosis und spaetantiker Geist”.

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The intermingling of Greek rationality and philosophy with the rich mythological tapestries of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Persia—combined with the massive upheavals and destruction that accompanied the setting up of two colossal, antagonistic empires, Roman and Parthian, as masters of the settled world—produced a ferment of new religious and philosophical notions, an intricately creative cauldron in which roiled many of the ideas that provided the base material with which the road towards the modern world has been paved.


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I read a few pages of the book Mr. My library Help Advanced Book Search. His first edition analyzed the main tenets of Gnostic literature, catalogued the systems of thought developed by several Gnostic speculators, and discussed the conflict between Gnosticism and “the Classical Mind”; the second edition added a chapter discussing the Nag Hamadi scripts and, more importantly, the chapter “Gnosticism, Existentialism, and Nihilism”.

His academic studies under Heidegger had sharpened Jonas’s perception for the thought-world of Late Antiquity, which Jonas presents as one marked by a deep rift between self and world, world and God, and God and self.

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It’s interesting especially in light of my pop-knowledge of the subject, and realizing that the stuff that Mr. For more comments, see: Though Jonas presents himself as seeking not the origins, but the “essence” of Gnosticism, his volume ahns renewed interest following the discovery of the Nag Hamadi manuscripts.

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Jamgon Mipham and Asanga. Obviously, everything in Jonas’ book is tentative, as the Nag Hammadi texts had just been found, and not yet translated at the time of writing, and this is its weak point.

Dec 27, Jared Saltz rated it it was amazing. This is a very academic treatment of Gnosticism, but one that has endured through three editions.

I found this book pretty interesting, but since I was reading it casually not taking notes, or any of that shitthere were parts of the book that are just a mess in my head. In this powerful, illuminating work, Jonas traces the directions of classical western thought in the centuries prior to the birth of Christ, a period in which Greek-centred Hellenism spread throughout the eastern Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern world, working its way into the cultural and belief systems that had preceded it as Greek itself became the language of choice for serious discourse.

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Jonas provides a broad sweep of the conditions at the time Gnosticism developed at the beginning of the Christian era. Start reading The Gnostic Religion on your Kindle in under a minute.