Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

Volume 1, Gnostic Countercultures, 2016


Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies is a peer-reviewed publication devoted to the study of Gnostic religious currents from the ancient world to the modern, where ‘Gnostic’ is broadly conceived as a reference to special direct knowledge of the divine, which either transcends or transgresses conventional religious knowledge. It aims to publish academic papers on: the emergence of the Gnostic, in its many different historical and local cultural contexts; the Gnostic strands that persisted in the middle ages; and modern interpretations of Gnosticism – with the goal of establishing cross-cultural and trans-historical conversations, together with more localized historical analyses.

The corpus of Gnostic materials includes (but is not restricted to) testimonies from outsiders as well as insider literature such as the Nag Hammadi collection, the Hermetica, Neoplatonic texts, the Pistis Sophia, the books of Jeu, the Berlin and Tchacos codices, Manichaean documents, Mandaean scriptures, and contemporary Gnostic fiction/film and ‘revealed’ literature. The journal will publish the best of traditional historical and comparative scholarship while also featuring newer approaches that have received less attention in the established literature, such as cognitive science, cognitive linguistics, social memory, psychology, ethnography, sociology, and literary theory.


(Text by the organizers)





Introducing Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies – April D. DeConick and Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta

Gnostic Countercultures: Special Issue – April D. DeConick and Lautaro Roig Lanzillota


Research Article

The Countercultural Gnostic: Turning the World Upside Down and Inside Out – April D. DeConick

“I Turned away from the Temple”: Sethian Counterculture in the Apocryphon of John – Grant Adamson

Transgressing Boundaries: Plotinus and the Gnostics – John D. Turner

Forbidden Knowledge: Cognitive Transgression and “Ascent Above Intellect” in the Debate Between Plotinus and the Gnostics – Zeke Mazur

The Apocalypse of Paul (NHC V,2): Cosmology, Anthropology, and Ethics – Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta

Gnosis Undomesticated: Archon-Seduction, Demon Sex, and Sodomites in the Paraphrase of Shem (NHC VII,1) – Dylan M. Burns

Gnostic Self-Deification: The Case of Simon of Samaria – M. David Litwa

Demon est Deus Inversus: Honoring the Daemonic in Iamblichean Theurgy – Gregory Shaw

The Coming of the Star-Child: The Reception of the Revelation of the Magi in New Age Religious Thought and Ufology – Brent Landau

The Great God Pan – Sarah Iles Johnston

Alan Moore’s Promethea: Countercultural Gnosis and the End of the World – Wouter J. Hanegraaff

Children of the Light: Gnostic Fiction and Gnostic Practice in Vladimir Sorokin’s Ice Trilogy – Victoria Nelson

Symbolic Loss, Memory, and Modernization in the Reception of Gnosticism – Matthew J. Dillon

Gnostic and Countercultural Elements in Zora Neale Hurston’s “Hoodoo in America” – Margarita Simon Guillory


Book Review

Christliches Ägypten in der spätantiken Zeit: Akten der 2. Tübinger Tagung zum Christlichen Orient (7.–8. Dezember 2007) , written by Dmitrij Bumazhnov – Aaltje Hidding

The Sentences of Sextus and the Origins of Christian Asceticism , written byDaniele Pevarello – Serge Cazelais

Scriptural Incipits on Amulets from Late Antique Egypt: Text, Typology, and Theory , written by Joseph E. Sanzo – Blake A. Jurgens

Conceptions of “Gospel” and Legitimacy in Early Christianity , written by James A. Kelhoffer – Sheldon Steen

Beyond the Gnostic Gospels: Studies Building on the Work of Elaine Pagels , written by Eduard Iricinschi, Lance Jenott, Nicola Denzey Lewis, and Philippa Townsend – Matthew Twigg



Books Received for Review in Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

Author: Petru Moldovan

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