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Gnosticism in the Second Century – Francis Crawford Burkitt

Today’s Free book is F.C. Burkitt’s Morse Lectures for 1931 on Gnosticism in the Second Century. It includes discussions of the Gnostics groups of Valentinus, the Barbelo-Gnostics and the Mandaeans.

My thanks to Book Aid for making this public domain title available for digitisation.

Francis Crawford Burkitt [1864-1935], Church & Gnosis. A Study of Christian thought and speculation in the Second Century. The Morse Lectures For 1931. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1932. Hbk. pp.154. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Introduction
    • Gnosis
    • Primitive Christian Beliefs
    • Paul
    • The Problem of the Old Testament
  2. Philpsophical Gnosticism
    • Astrology
    • Soma—Sema
    • Magic
    • The two kinds of Gnostic Love
    • Valentinus
    • The Barbelo-Gnostics
    • Note on the Name Berbelo
  3. Egyptian Gnostic Works
    • Pistic Sophia
    • God troubling himself about man
    • Mammon
    • Aberamenthou
    • The Books of Jeu (ʼΙεοῡ)
    • Basilides and Abrasax
  4. The Fourth: Mandaism and Christianity
    • The Fourth Gospel and John the Baptist
    • The Mandaeans
    • Note on the phrase Manda d’Hayye
  5. The Church and the Old Testament
  • Index

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