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GNOSTIC GOSPELS' RESONANCE WITH OTHER ESOTERIC TRADITIONS

GNOSTIC GOSPELS' RESONANCE WITH OTHER ESOTERIC TRADITIONS

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The discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library in 1945 (which was composed of thirteen leather-bound papyrus codices buried in a sealed jar which was found by a local farmer), changed the scholarly perception of early Christianity and Gnosticism. It has been suggested that these codices may have belonged to a nearby Pachomian monastery in upper Egypt and were buried after the use of non-canonical books was condemned in 367 A.D. For practitioners, the codices revealed hidden dimensions of these traditions and significantly influenced modern scholarship’s pursuit and knowledge of early Christianity and Gnosticism. In this class, we will examine some of these texts, originally written in the Coptic language, to see how they resonate with other esoteric paths such as Tantric Hinduism and Buddhism as well as Sufism.
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Neela Saxena

Neela Saxena is a widely published author whose works include Absent Mother, God of the West and In the Beginning is Desire, along with a number of scholarly journal articles related to her special interests in women’s studies and religion. She is also a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Nassau County Community College, where she has taught for the past several years. Dr. Saxena has traveled widely and has done extensive research, which she is pleased to share in her books and lectures.

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1 lecture(s)
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Friday, 1:00 - 3:00pm
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May 10, 2024