Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes has 28 ratings and 7 reviews. Reveals the hidden meaning of the Grail and a secret Christian doctrine for achieving high. Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes by Mark H. Gaffney, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Mark H. Gaffney’s Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes is just such a book, filled with new insights and information into the history of Christianity as seen through.

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We are going to try to understand their spiritual world as they themselves understood it—indeed, as they experienced it—an naassemes leap for scholarship. No one’s rated or reviewed this product yet.

Immanence, in the true sense intended by Jesus, thus allows for spiritual attainment in this life by ordinary individuals without the intermediary of Church or priest. An adequate commentary did not appear until Whether Hippolytus believed that he had succeeded we cannot know. The writer or writers is possibly Greek. I’m going to donate my copy to the local Unitarian Universalist Church library.

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes : The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper

Chris Feldman marked it as to-read Jul 27, After many frustrating delays, the trove was finally published in its entirety in Skip to main content. Eric Hall naqssenes it really liked it Mar 10, Robinson, whom I have cited already, wrote: But what most characterizes the document under consideration is the abundant use of pagan writings.

Albright, one of the leading biblical scholars of the twentieth century. This was the real meaning of the Last Supper and why the Naassenes believed that Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Mystery traditions.

This text, known as the Naassene Sermon, will serve as the main focus of our study, and it has a great deal to teach us about our Christian origins.

His acerbic attempts to discredit Naassene belief are plainly refuted by the very material he compiled and recorded. Gaffney argues, however, and this is a rather more accepted viewpoint since the Nag Hamnadi documents have been made accissible that actually, the Naassene sermon is far more likely to be a far more original and authentic record of Christian religion and practises than the edifice of authoritarian Church and State of Rome that came after it.

Thus, as we proceed, we are led to think of the first principle of nature, not as a single threefold being, but as three distinct substances; on the one hand the pre-existent, otherwise spoken of as the Good being, on the other hand the “outpoured Chaos ,” intermediate, between these one called Autogenes, and also the Logos.


It is he who supplies the fiery heat of generation by which these forms are still continued. Orme rated it or liked it Aug 19, Naassemes Logos is the mediator which draws forms from above and transfers them to the world below.

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Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions x x 20mm It took numerous forms; even within Christianity there were different Gnostic sects—Hippolytus mentions a number of these in his Refutation.

But overall I agreed with him and I think this would be an excellent book to read if you are liberal Christian, a student of comparative religion, or a member tthe an Earth-centered faith. They find the liturgy tiresome and the rituals and sacraments empty exercises.

The orthodox view is that the Christian faith owes nothing to Gnosticism. This is the surest indication of the odious importance he attached to them. The Grail discussed therein was not an actual chalice but a symbol of the indwelling of the divine. I am not referring to a momentary epiphany or a flash of insight satori ; I mean the ultimate experience. The orthodox bishops jaassenes came after them followed in their footsteps, which is how tradition works. Looking for beautiful books? Jenna Mattison rated it did not like it Dec 24, Gaffney is the author of Dimona: We have no information about when the Naassenes were finally dispersed; Hippolytus is our only source.

But he has now to do a greater work, namely, to provide for the release of the higher elements now enslaved under the dominion of anassenes, and for their restoration to the good God. In order for them to seize hold of the First Man, there was given unto Adam a soul, that through this soul the image of the First Man above might suffer and be chastened in bondage. Indeed, we have no information about the sect at all except what he preserved in his Refutation. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I also appreciated the footnoting, which allowed me to verify the quotes. The Naassenes so thf agreed with other Ophites that they gave to the first principle the names First Man and Son of Man, calling him in their hymns Adamas: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


I love it even more when those books are thoroughly sourced and well-documented. Of course, such knowledge would make the Roman Catholic Church teachings unnecessary, hence the casting of Gnostic teachings into the “outer darkness”.

In fact, much of what passes as Christianity has nothing to do with the original teachings of its founder. During the same period that witnessed the modern revival of interest in Gnosticism, archaeologists, meanwhile, were busy amassing an enormous amount of documentary evidence about the ancient world, and this included sensational discoveries.

Yet he seems to have a rival in this work; for we have reference made to a fourth being, whence or how brought into existence we are not told, a “fiery God,” Esaldaios, the father of the idikos kosmos.

Ratings and reviews No one’s rated or reviewed this product yet. Mark Gaffney has somehow managed to take an interesting topic Gnostic Christianity and turn it into the most mundane, droll and tiresome subject possible. The Grail discussed therein was not an actual chalice but a symbol of the indwelling of the divine.

Gaffney argues, however, and this is a rather more accepted viewpoint since the Nag Hamnadi documents have been made accissible that actually, the Naassene sermon is far more likely to be a far more original and authentic record o This book overall is certainly a pretty scholarly dissertation on how this important fragment of Gnostic lore should be interpreted within the context of the times and beyond the attempts of the emerging established Church to refute it as the heresy it is claimed to be.

For which reason, we are informed, many were led into error. They find neither comfort nor inspiration in tedious sermons and they resent ministers who lay guilt trips on members of the congregation.

Instead, however, of retaining the female principle of the Syrian Ophites, they represented their “Man” as androgynous ; and hence one of their hymns runs “From thee, father, through thee, mother, the two immortal names. Made a nice follow on to reading the DaVinci Code but it’s nowhere near as gripping as Dan Brown’s series of thrillers.

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