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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Birl Martin rated it it was amazing Apr 07, Harrison rated it liked it Jul 27, Retrieved from ” https: Lot’s of information about the symbolism of water, quotes from the old testament and descriptions of Egyptian temples, but all this data, while presented well, is not well linked together.

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Jan 22, Stephanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lists with This Book. Part of a series on Gnosticism.

Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes

Hippolytus declares that the verses of Paul in Romans 1: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Too many centuries stand between then and now.

In fact, much of what passes as Christianity has nothing to do with the original teachings of its founder. The Grail discussed therein was not an actual chalice but a symbol of the indwelling of the divine.

Naassenes – Wikipedia

These chapters include detailed background information, an account of the rediscovery of the Refutation, a review of past scholarship, and commentary. The Naassenes claimed to have acquired their mystical teachings from James the Just, the brother of Jesus Refutation 5.

I was please to see from the bibliography that Gaffney does stick to scholarly sources, rather than dodgy channelled theosophical sources in this assay into such a recondite topic. I am aware that this is an ambitious book. For instance, he dilates much on the Phrygian rites, and the whole section seems to be a commentary on a hymn to the Phrygian Attis.


You already feel you know these Gnostics and their mystical beliefs so well that the actual word-for-word text from Hippolytus is an afterthought, a chance to see the actual mechanics of his refutation, and all that it embodied and conveyed. Mead has suggested that all of this is in reference to the Kundalini: He seems to have used all the four Gospels, but that secrwts which he makes most use is St.

I’d attempt to go into greater detail with this review, but after using two weeks of brainpower just waiting for something exciting to rear its head in seccrets book, I’m simply too exhausted.

In the process of compiling for posterity the false beliefs of the sect he most despised, Hippolytus may have unwittingly preserved a vital link to the original Nazarene community in Jerusalem—hence to Jesus himself! Mark Gaffney has somehow managed to take an interesting topic Gnostic Christianity and turn it into the most mundane, droll and tiresome subject possible. Albright, one of the leading biblical scholars of the twentieth century.


Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes: The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper by Mark H. Gaffney

Today, however, increasing numbers of Christians are disenchanted with the standard salvation formula. In fact, so closely did Gnostic Christians mimic the genuine article that even priests could not always discern the subtle differences between the true and the false.

We are going to try to understand their spiritual world as they themselves understood it—indeed, as they experienced it—an unprecedented leap for scholarship.

It is ironic that his very ignorance enhances his credibility as a witness: Now, at long last, thanks to the corroborating scriptures unearthed at Nag Hammadi, its true importance can finally be established, because a portion of the Refutation, found in Book 5, is one of the keys to early Christianity.


Cn Skinner rated it it was ok Oct 03, Indeed, we have no information about the sect at all except what he preserved in his Refutation. Thus there are three classes of men and three corresponding churches: It is an interesting bonus that in the process of rediscovering those old links we gain a deeper appreciation of what makes Christianity unique—an appreciation the Naassenes plainly shared more than 1, years ago.

Sean rated it liked it Jun 03, Thank God for naasseens book’s clarity, rigor, and hopefulness Books by Mark H. Kyle rated it really liked it Feb 22, He does indeed use the Hebrew words Naas and Caulacaubut these words had already passed into the common Gnostic vocabulary so as to become known to many unacquainted with Hebrew.

Be the first to ask a question about Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes. He was also the first to use the term Gnostic, based on gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge.

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

I hesitate to use the word both because of its negative associations and because I believe that the Naassenes never referred to themselves as such, except, perhaps, in a general sense.

The Logos is the mediator which draws forms from above and transfers secrete to the world below. The Best Books of If the scholars are to be believed, Gnosticism was a very strange religion.