Gnosis: Journal of Gnostic Studies

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2017


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)




Research Article

The Sethian Figures Micheus and Michar and their Relationship to Micah the Morasthite – Riemer Roukema

Spirit, Soul and Body in Nag Hammadi Literature: Distinguishing Anthropological Schemes in Valentinian, Sethian, Hermetic and Thomasine Texts – Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta

The Impediment of the Passions: The Testimony of Truth (NHC IX,3) as Deliberative Rhetoric Against the Teaching that the Confession of Faith and Baptism are Salvific without Celibacy – Bas van Os

The Ascent of the Soul and the Pachomians: Interpreting the Exegesis on the Soul (NHC II,6) within a Fourth-Century Monastic Context – Kimberley A. Fowler

“‘Knowledge is Truth’: A Course in Miracles as Neo-Gnostic Scripture” – Simon J. Joseph,


Book Review

The Origins of John’s Gospel , written by Stanley E. Porter and Hughson T. Ong – Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski

The Book of Genesis in Late Antiquity: Encounters between Jewish and Christian Exegesis , written by Emmanouela Grypeou and Helen Spurling – Carson Bay

Alexandria , written by Tobias Georges, Felix Albrecht, and Reinhardt Feldmeier (eds.). In collaboration with Manuel Kaden and Christoph Martsch – John C. Johnson

Religion: Secret Religion , written by DeConick, April D. – Nicholas Marshall

Magia Daemoniaca, Magia Naturalis, Zouber , written by Peter-André Alt, Jutta Eming, Tilo Renz und Volkhard Wels – Claus Priesner


Books Received

Author: Petru Moldovan

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