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Essene and Gnostic Studies

Essene and Gnostic Studies

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Published by Audrey Haschemeyer
An annotated bibliography prepared by the Task Force on Gender and Cultural Change, Woods Hole and Northampton, Massachusetts, for a discussion course on “The Lost Religion of Jesus” based on the book of that title by Keith Akers.
An annotated bibliography prepared by the Task Force on Gender and Cultural Change, Woods Hole and Northampton, Massachusetts, for a discussion course on “The Lost Religion of Jesus” based on the book of that title by Keith Akers.

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Essene and Gnostic Studies
An annotated bibliography prepared by the Task Force on Gender and Cultural Change,Woods Hole and Northampton, Massachusetts, in association with a study course on“The Lost Religion of Jesus” based on the book of that title by Keith Akers.Submitted by Audrey Haschemeyer, Ph.D.
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
/Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, eds.,(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 2011. Excerpts with notes from the Gnostic commentary onhis life's work by science fiction visionary Philip K. Dick (1928-1982). Concerning hispivotal work Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) he writes, "I did my job and I
know it... I need do nothing else in life." On his refusal to rewrite the book to conform toa movie script: "My soul is safe, and it was in jeopardy. This is why I see victory despitethe vast defeat" (entry of November, 1981; p. 827).
Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung's Life andTeachings
/Gary Lachman (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin), 2010. A valuable contributionto Essene-Gnostic studies, including Jung's response to the question of whether hebelieved in God: "Believe? Hard to say. I know."
The Red Book (Liber Novus)
/ C. G. Jung (Sonu Shamdasani, ed., W.W. Norton &Co.), 2009. Fascinating collection of trance and dream experience. Some notablequotes: "Believe me: It is no teaching and no instruction that I give you. On what basisshould I presume to teach you?" "Life does not come from events, but from us.Everything that happens outside has already been." "...man is Abraxas, the creator anddestroyer of his own world." A fine introduction and notes throughout, e.g., this amusingitem: "Jung is a walking asylum unto himself."
Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing
 /Stephan A.Hoeller (Quest Books), 2002. Fine presentation of the history and modern relevance ofthe religious traditions of deep insight and reflection. "What makes us free is the gnosisof who we were, of what we have become..." (Excerpta de Theodoto).
Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels
/J. Michael Matkin (Alpha), 2005.Helpful overview of the Nag Hammadi texts.
The Lost Religion of Jesus: Simple Living and Nonviolence in EarlyChristianity
/Keith Akers (Lantern Books, New York), 2000. An examination of the"heart" of the message of Jesus with its rejection of violence and flesh-eating, as drawnfrom the records of the earliest Judaeo-Christian communities. In the forewordtheologian Walter Wink writes: "Keith Akers challenges Christians today to reconsiderwho the real 'heretics' were and who the orthodox."
The Essenes: Children of the Light
/Stuart Wilson and Joanna Prentis (Ozark Mt.Pub.), 2005. A "you are there" approach to the times of Jesus and the Essenephilosophical movement from the perspective of past life regression. Also, Jesus andthe Essenes /Dolores Cannon (Ozark Mt. Pub.), 1992.
The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spiritual Message of the Aramaic Jesus
 /NeilDouglas-Klotz (Quest Books), 1999. An expanded understanding of the wisdomteachings of Jesus drawn from the Aramaic language in which they were spoken.
The Essene Odyssey: The Mystery of the True Teacher and the Essene Impact onthe Shaping of Human Destiny
 /Hugh Schonfield (Element), 1984. Valuable insightsfrom one of the original Dead Sea Scroll scholars.
The Jesus Papers: Exposing the Greatest Cover-Up in History
 /Michael Baigent(Harper SanFrancisco), 2006. Review of issues concerning the "historical Jesus" withinteresting material on Egyptian mysticism and the Therapeutae ("Jesus in Egypt").
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
 /Lynn Bauman (White Cloud Press),2004. A study guide including translation, notes and questions.
The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle
/Karen L. King(Polebridge Press, Santa Rosa, CA), 2003. Harvard Divinity School professor discussesinner teachings of Jesus and gender politics as revealed in this 2nd century CEdocument.
Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas
/Elaine Pagels (Random House, NewYork), 2003. Scholar provides a picture of the evolution of Christianity in the light ofmore than fifty early Christian texts with differing views of Jesus. [Also, The GnosticGospels (Vintage Books, New York), 1979].
Saint Saul: A Skeleton Key to the Historical Jesus
/Donald H. Akenson (Oxford),2000. Interesting contribution on the role of Saul (Paul) in the schisms in the early faithinspired by Yeshua (Jesus) and the denigration and overthrow of those closest to him[Miriam (Mary), Yacov (James) and others of the "Family Firm"].
Jesus: One Hundred Years before Christ
/Alvar Ellegard (The Overlook Press,Woodstock, NY), 1999. Investigation of Christian history with particular attention to theEssenes.
The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God?
 /Timothy Freke andPeter Gandy (HarperCollins Publishers, Ltd; Harmony Books), 1999. Similarities in thebeliefs and practices developed in orthodox Christianity with those of popular religionsof the period. [See, also, The Mysteries of Mithra /Franz Cumont (orig. 1903, Dover
Publications, 1956).]
Food for the Gods: Vegetarianism and the World's Religions
/Rynn Berry(Pythagorean Publishers, New York), 1998. [Recipes for barley and lentils, bulgur wheatsalad, and Essene sprouted bread may be found in Famous Vegetarians & Their
Favorite Recipes by the same author, 1993]. For the nutritional perspective of a
modern-day Essene see The Sunfood Diet Success System /David Wolfe, 6th edition,
/David Flusser in collaboration with R. Steven Notley (The Magnes Press, TheHebrew University, Jerusalem), 2nd ed. corrected, 1998. Also by David Flusser: TheSpiritual History of the Dead Sea Sect, 1989; Judaism and the Origins of Christianity,
1988. Insights on the teachings of the Essenes.
Who Wrote the Gospels?
/Randel McCraw Helms (Millennium Press, Altadena, CA),1997. Professor Helms takes a look at authors and editors of the canonical gospels,sources of gospel stories, orthodox misogyny and other topics in early Christianity.
The Double Vision: Language and Meaning in Religion
/Northrop Frye (University ofToronto Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1991. Also by Northrop Frye: The GreatCode: The Bible and Literature, 1982; Words with Power: Being a Second Study of "The
Bible and Literature", 1990.
Eve: The History of an Idea
/John A. Phillips (Harper & Row, San Francisco, CA),1984. Discussion of the Eve myth in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and its role inpatriarchal domination.

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