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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No eBook available Beacon Press Amazon. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Outdated, but still a good, solid introduction to teligion travails of the Gnostics of assorted hue.

Account Options Sign in. All investigations of detail over the last half century have proved divergent rather than convergent, and gonstic us with a portrait of Gnosticism in which the absence of a unifying character seems to be the salient feature’ – Hans Jonas, Preface, No modern writer that I am aware of has brought My library Help Advanced Book Search.


Beacon Press- Religion – pages. No modern writer that I am aware of has brought life to Gnosticism as Jonas has.

The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity by Hans Jonas

While in no way neglecting historical or theological issues, Jonas relkgion get bogged down in them: Indeed, at the end of this book he explores the commonalities of ancient Gnosticism and Heidegger’s existentialism.

What does it mean to feel one is in a cosmos in which God is alien or absent?

Jonas provides a broad sweep of the conditions at the reliigion Gnosticism developed at the beginning of the Christian era. His writing is that of a scholar but not targetted only to scholars Gnosticism is actually a product of synceticsm [so ] each of these theories can be supported from the sources and none of them is satisfactory alone; but neither is the combination of all of them [supportable] which would make Gnosticism out to mere a mere mosaic of these elements and so miss its autonomous essence.

The Gnostic Religion

Jonas would not cage Gnosticism. Instead he asserts ‘The gnostic movement – such as we must call it – was a widespread phenomena in the critical centuries indicated, feeding like Christianity on the impulses of a widely prevalent religioh situation, and therefore erupting in many places, many forms, and many languages.


Selected pages Title Page. Gnostic Imagery and Symbolic Language.

Gnostic Systems of Thought. The Hymn of the Pearl. The Poimandres of Hermes Trismegistus. The Cosmos in Greek and Gnostic Evaluation. Virtue and the Soul in Greek and Gnostic Teaching.

Hans Jonas – Wikipedia

Supplements to the Second Edition. Gnosticism Nihilism and Existentialism. Index to Proper Names. Other editions – View all The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Hans Jonas Limited preview – Hans Jonas Snippet view – Jenkins No preview available – The Phenomenon of Life: His published works include The Gnostic Religion: In Search of Ethics for the Technological Age.