Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

Volume 03, Hermes Trismegistus, 2018


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)



Hermes Trismegistus: Special Issue – Christian H. Bull


Research Article

Wicked Angels and the Good Demon: The Origins of Alchemy According to the Physica of Hermes – Christian H. Bull

The Notion of Truth in Some Hermetic Texts and Chaldaean Oracles – Anna van den Kerchove

Al-Bīrūnī on Hermetic Forgery – Kevin van Bladel

The Interpretation of the Sacrament of the Eucharist as Palingenesis According to Foix-Candale – Claudio Moreschini

Hermetic Influences on the Evolutionary System of Helena Blavatsky’s Theosophy – Erin Prophet


Book Review

The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today , written by April D. DeConick – Fryderyk Kwiatkowski

Refutation of All Heresies. Translated with an Introduction and Notes , written by M. David Litwa – Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui

John among the Other Gospels: The Reception of the Fourth Gospel in the Extra-Canonical Gospels , written by Lorne R. Zelyck – Emily Ann Laflèche

Das Böse, der Teufel und Dämonen—Evil, the Devil, and Demons: Dualistic Characteristics in the Religion of Israel, Ancient Judaism and Christianity , edited by Jan Dochhorn, Susanne Rudnig-Zelt and Benjamin Wold – B.A. Jurgens



Books Received

Author: Petru Moldovan

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