Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Gnosticism books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
Gnosticism developed alongside Judeo-Christianity over two thousand years ago, but with an important difference: It emphasizes, not faith, but direct perception of God–Gnosticism being derived from the Greek word gnosis, meaning “knowledge.” Given the controversial premise that one can know God directly, the history of Gnosticism is an unfolding drama of passion, political intrigue, martyrdom, and mystery. Dr. Hoeller traces this fascinating story throughout time and shows how Gnosticism has inspired such great thinkers as Voltaire, Blake, Yeats, Hesse, Melville, and Jung….
Gnosticism was a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE—with earlier antecedents and later flourishings—whose adherents sought salvation through knowledge and personal religious experience. Gnostic writings offer striking perspectives on both early Christian and non-Christian thought. For example, some gnostic texts suggest that god should be celebrated as both mother and father, and that self-knowledge is the supreme path to the divine. Only in the past fifty years has it become clear how far the gnostic influence spread in ancient and medieval…
3. The Gnostic Gospels (1981)
A study of gnosticism by professor Elaine Pagels….
Presents a readable and appealing introduction to what otherwise might seem an inaccessible religion of late antiquity….
5. What Is Gnosticism? (2005)
A distinctive Christian heresy? A competitor of burgeoning Christianity? A pre-Christian folk religion traceable to “Oriental syncretism”? How do we account for the disparate ideas, writings, and practices that have been placed under the Gnostic rubric? To do so, Karen King says, we must first disentangle modern historiography from the Christian discourse of orthodoxy and heresy that has pervaded–and distorted–the story.Exciting discoveries of previously unknown ancient writings–especially the forty-six texts found at Nag Hammadi in 1945–are challenging historians of religion to…
6. Turn of an Age: The Spiritual Roots of Jungian Psychology In Hermeticism, Gnosticism and Alchemy (2019)
In this book Alfred Ribi reaches back across two millennia, gathering and engaging an extraordinary collection of writings. With authority and fluency, Ribi draws together the antique texts of Hellenism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism and Alchemy, and illustrates how these nurture the visionary work of C. G. Jung. Into this tapestry Alfred Ribi weaves personal insights gained over half a century of experience as an analytical psychologist. He illuminates how the dreams and visions of modern individuals intertwine with the tradition that Jung indicated to be a…
Discovered in Egypt in 1945, the fascinating and challenging Nag Hammadi writings forever changed our understanding of early Christianity. State-of-the-art and the only volume of its kind, Introduction to “Gnosticism”: Ancient Voices, Christian Worlds guides students through the most significant of the Nag Hammadi texts. Employing an exceptionally lucid and accessible writing style, Nicola Denzey Lewis groups the texts by theme and genre, places them in the broader context of the ancient world, and reveals their most inscrutable mysteries.Ideal for use in courses in Early Christianity/Origins of Christianity, Christianity to…
8. The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Revised and Updated Translation of Sacred Gnostic Texts Complete in One Volume (2009)
The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, edited by Marvin Meyer, is the most complete, up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the renowned library of Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945, which rivaled the Dead Sea Scrolls find in significance. It includes the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and the recently discovered Gospel of Judas, as well as other Gnostic gospels and sacred texts. This volume also includes introductory essays, notes, tables, glossary, index, etc. to help the reader understand the context and contemporary significance of these texts which have shed new light…
9. The Portent (The Façade Saga) (Volume 2) (2014)
The climactic ending of The Façade left Brian Scott and Melissa Kelley with only each other–and the terrible secrets they carry. The Portent finds them living under new identities, their future clouded by constant fear of being exposed. By the time Brian and Melissa learn they’re being watched, their carefully constructed lives will be over.Follow Brian and Melissa into the center of an unthinkably vast, centuries-old conspiracy, conceived to turn the faith of millions against itself. Revelations from converge in answer to a terrifying question: Now that…
A collection of essays on topics concerning the Gnostic Catholic Church as reformed by Aleister Crowley and his successors: organization, doctrine, symbolism, and history. Also includes instruction in a modified form of Ignatian meditation for Thelemites. The ambition of these talks, papers, and prayers is to supply a hearty breakfast of Scientific Religion to those who have drunk and danced all night with Doubt, so that they may have the energy and endurance to do so again….
11. Science Politics & Gnosticism (2005)
Science, Politics and Gnosticism comprises two essays by Eric Voegelin (1901-85), arguably one of the most provocative and influential political philosophers of the last century. In these essays, Voegelin contends that certain modern movements, including positivism, Hegelianism, Marxism, and the “God is dead” school, are variants of the gnostic tradition he identified in his classic work The New Science of Politics. Voegelin attempts to resolve the intellectual confusion that has resulted from the dominance of gnostic thought by clarifying the distinction…
The description below refers to an alternate Paperback edition, which can be found at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0873341783/ref=dp_bookdescription?_encoding=UTF8&n=283155 This little book presents Gershom Scholem discoveries in the area of Jewish Gnosticism which go behind of what he already did in his “Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism”. Here, Scholem presents a radical re-evaluation of traditions embedded in Hekhalot Books preserved in Rabbinic circles which had retained deep attachment to Pharisaism. Having underrated the antiquity of these texts, most scholars thus were unable to…
A survey of Western esoteric currents since late antiquity, with an emphasis on the last six centuries.Widely received in France, this brief, comprehensive introduction to Western esotericism by the founder of the field is at last available in English. A historical and pedagogical guide, the book is written primarily for students and novices. In clear, precise language, author Antoine Faivre provides an overview of Western esoteric currents since late antiquity. The bulk of the book is laid out chronologically, from ancient and medieval sources (Alexandrian hermetism, gnosticism, neoplatonism),…
Best Gnosticism Books That You Need
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Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism
Author(s): Richard Smoley
Publisher: HarperOne, Year: 29 Oct 2009, Size: 486 Kb, Download: epub
The Mysteries of John the Baptist: His Legacy in Gnosticism, Paganism, and Freemasonry
Author(s): Tobias Churton
Publisher: Inner Traditions, Year: 24 Oct 2012, Size: 497 Kb, Download: epub
No Spiritual Investment in the World: Gnosticism and Postwar German Philosophy
Author(s): Willem Styfhals
Publisher: Cornell University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
Apocalypse of the Alien God: Platonism and the Exile of Sethian Gnosticism
Author(s): Dylan M. Burns
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Year: 2014, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
Cosmology and Fate in Gnosticism and Graeco-Roman Antiquity: Under Pitiless Skies
Author(s): Nicola Denzey Lewis
Publisher: BRILL, Year: 2013, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World: Essays in Honour of John D. Turner
Author(s): Kevin Corrigan, Tuomas Rasimus
Publisher: BRILL, Year: 2013, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
Irresolute heresiarch : Catholicism, Gnosticism and Paganism in the poetry of Czesław Miłosz
Author(s): Miłosz, Czesław; Miłosz, Czesław; Miłosz, Czesław; Kraszewski, Charles S
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Year: 2012, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
The mysteries of John the Baptist : his legacy in gnosticism, paganism, and freemasonry
Author(s): the Baptist Saint. John; Churton, Tobias; der Täufer Johannes
Publisher: Inner Traditions, Year: 2012, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to Chicago Tribune, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.