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Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper by Mark H. Gaffney

There is a copious use also of the Old Testament ; and besides we are told there is a use of the Gospel according to the Egyptiansand that of Thomas. Your review will post soon. Lot’s of information about the symbolism of water, quotes from the old testament and descriptions of Egyptian temples, but all this data, while presented well, is not well linked together. In fact, so closely did Gnostic Christians mimic the genuine article that even priests could not always discern the subtle differences between the true and the false.

Throughout the book I have included citations pertaining to the Sermon— Refutation 5. The term, however, has no suitable alternative, so I will use it throughout the following chapters with this caveat.

Mark Gaffney has somehow managed to take an interesting topic Gnostic Christianity and turn it into the most mundane, droll and tiresome subject possible. I was persuaded that several scholars were right to conclude that Hippolytus had stumbled onto one or more mystical writings that were never intended for public consumption and had embedded them in his Refutation.

While I do not dispute his judgment that many, perhaps most, were divergent, one of the Gnostic communities stood out: Gaffney is the author of Dimona: Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: There is so much information and comparison that the message gets a little clouded, if not lost altogether.

The greatest archaeological discoveries belong to the future. Gaffney argues, however, and this is a rather more accepted viewpoint since the Nag Hamnadi documents have been made accissible that actually, the Naassene sermon is far more likely to be a far more original and authentic record o This book secreys is certainly a pretty scholarly dissertation on how this important fragment of Gnostic lore should be interpreted within the context of the times and beyond the attempts of the emerging established Church to refute it as the heresy it is claimed to be.


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The orthodox bishops who came after them followed in their footsteps, which is how tradition works. In fact, much of what passes as Christianity has nothing to do with the original teachings of its founder. Contrary to the denouncements of the Church, the sermon shows that the Naassenes were not a heretical derivative of Christianity but instead were purveyors of Christ’s authentic message.

This was the real meaning of the Last Supper and why the Naassenes believed that Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Mystery traditions.

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemlyand receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes : The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper

From the same water the olive can draw its oil, and the vine its wine, and in like manner each other plant its special produce: Nov 17, Michael Hurd rated it really liked it. From the living waters which he supplies each absorbs that for which his nature has attraction.

Jan 22, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book overall is certainly a pretty scholarly dissertation on how this important fragment of Gnostic lore should be interpreted within the context of the times and beyond the attempts of the emerging established Church to refute it as the heresy it is claimed to be.

There is a great deal of comparison of ideas from Christianity, Judaism, Egyptian religion and teachings from India. That is to say, it was this fiery being, the same who appeared to Moses in the burning bush, who gave forms to the choical or purely material parts of nature.

Such has been my experience. I think Gaffney is saying that the original teaching of Christianity was of the immanence of God in the world and that this position is Interesting book, but more association of ideas and speculation than scholarship.


I hesitate to use the word both because of its negative associations and because I believe that the Naassenes never referred to themselves as such, except, perhaps, in a general sense.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I will say that on occasion that I did not agree with what the author extrapolated based on a given texts, sometimes he reaches a bit far in my opinion. Fortunately, as we shall see, this is sufficient, because Book 5 of his treatise includes a long, rambling monologue that Hippolytus himself surely did not compose.

In the process of allowing the Gnostics to speak for themselves and tell their own very different story, we will arrive at conclusions that are utterly subversive to orthodox Christianity and which, I predict, will eventually stand tradition on its head. About the author Mark H. Thus there are three classes of men and three corresponding churches: The Grail discussed therein was not an actual chalice but a symbol of the indwelling of the divine. Now, at long last, thanks to the corroborating scriptures unearthed at Nag Hammadi, its true importance can finally be established, because a portion of the Refutation, found in Book 5, is one of the keys to early Christianity.

Eric marked it as to-read Mar 01, Alexander Koch added it Mar 28, Yet he seems to have a rival in this work; for we have reference made to a fourth being, whence or how brought into existence we are not told, a “fiery God,” Esaldaios, the father of the idikos kosmos.

The Garden of Edenin the Naassene system, is the brainand Paradise the human head, with the four rivers having special significance:. These chapters include detailed background information, an account of the rediscovery of the Refutation, a review of past scholarship, and commentary.

If the scholars are to be believed, Gnosticism was a very strange religion.