Email Address:. Gnosticism is hard to define and a challenge to describe. But there are certain things that characterize the various Gnostic movements that give rise to Gnostic Gospels. Alternatively, you can read a version of it below.
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My thinking is that there are some evidences or characteristics that lean toward possibility of first century. First of all is to compare its style — wisdom sayings — to the hypothetical Q gospel, which is also wisdom sayings. The quasi-biographical Synoptic Gospels, in contrast, are definitely more complex writings and also are expressive of greater complexity as to motive and purpose in reflecting the goals of respective authors. In contrast, the wisdom sayings gospels merely convey the wisdom sayings teaching concepts themselves without attempt in elaboration of theology as, say, commentary. If the hypothetical Q Gospel existed as a manuscript it would have preceded Matthew and Luke as these two of the Synoptic Gospels both have the Q material and indeed that is what defines Q — that which is in both Matthew and Luke but not in Mark.
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Simon Magus Cerinthus Valentinus. The term gnostic gospels refers to gnostic collections of writings about the teachings of Jesus , written from the 2nd - 4th century AD. Rather, they are part of what is called the New Testament apocrypha. However, public interest has been spurred by recent novels and films which refer to them. The gnostic gospels were named after the Greek word gnosis which means "knowledge" and is often used in Greek philosophy in a manner more consistent with the English "enlightenment".
The Washington Post religion section recently had an article about the Gnostic gospels. What are they? The origins of Gnosticism are unclear.