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"CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS IX
GNOSTICISM, GNOSTICS, AND THE GNOSTIC BIBLE
• Marvin Meyer l
LETTING IN THE LIGHT: TRANSLATING
HOLY TEXTS • Willis Barnstone 21
PART ONE
Early Wisdom Gospels 29
INTRODUCTION • Marvin Meyer 31
1. The Gospel of Thomas 43
2. The Gospel of John 70
PART TWO
Literature of Gnostic Wisdom 105
INTRODUCTION • Marvin Meyer 107
3. The Book of Baruch • Justin 119
SETHIAN LITERATURE
4. The Secret Book of John 135
5. The Reality of the Rulers 166
6. The Revelation of Adam 178
7. Three Forms of First Thought 189
CONTENTS
8. The Three Steles of Seth 201
9. The Vision of the Foreigner 212
10. The Sermon of Zostrianos 215
11. The Baptismal Ceremony of the
Gospel of the Egyptians 218
12. Thunder 224
13. The Letter of Peter to Philip 233
VALENTINIAN LITERATURE
14. The Gospel of Truth 239
15. The Gospel of Philip 257
16. The Letter to Flora • Ptolemy 299
17. Commentary on the Gospel of John • Herakleon 307
18. The Treatise on Resurrection 326
19. The Prayer of the Messenger Paul 332
20. Valentinian Liturgical Readings 335
21. The Secret Book of James 340
22. The Round Dance of the Cross 351
THOMAS AND OTHER SYRIAN LITERATURE
23. The Songs of Solomon 357
24. The Song of the Pearl 386
25. The Book of Thomas 395
ADDITIONAL LITERATURE OF GNOSTIC WISDOM
26. The Exegesis on the Soul 405
27. On the Origin of the World 414
CONTENTS VII
28. The Paraphrase of Shem 438
29. The Second Treatise of the Great Seth 465
30. The Gospel of Mary 477
31. The Naassene Sermon 482
PART THREE
Hermetic Literature 495
INTRODUCTION • Willis Barnstone 497
32. Poimandres 502
33. The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth 512
34. The Prayer of Thanksgiving 521
PART FOUR
Mandaean Literature 525
INTRODUCTION • NathanielDeutsch 527
35. The Ginza 536
36. Hibil's Lament from the Book of John 555
37. Songs from the Mandaean Liturgy 561
PART FIVE
Manichaean Literature 567
INTRODUCTION • PaulMirecki 569
38. On the Origin of His Body 581
39. The Story of the Death of Mani 593
40. Kephalaia 598
41. The Coptic Manichaean Songbook 616
VIII CONTENTS
42. Parthian Songs 639
43. The Great Song to Mani 647 '
PART SIX
Islamic Mystical Literature 655
INTRODUCTION • Marvin Meyer 657
44. The Mother of Books 665
PART SEVEN
Cathar Literature 727
INTRODUCTION • Willis Barnstone 729
45. The Gospel of the Secret Supper 740
46. The Book of the Two Principles 751
47. A Nun's Sermon 762
EPILOGUE: HISTORICAL MEDITATION ON THE
INNER LIGHT OF GNOSIS • Willis Barnstone 765
GLOSSARY 801
BIBLIOGRAPHY
FURTHER READING 821
SOURCES CITED 835
INDEX OF PROPER NAMES 849"