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The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity
Brakke, David

Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010 pp. xii + 164. $29.95


Description: Rather than depicting the Gnostics as heretics or as the losers in the fight to define Christianity, Brakke argues that the Gnostics participated in an ongoing reinvention of Christianity, in which other Christians not only rejected their ideas but also adapted and transformed them. This book will challenge scholars to think in news ways, but it also provides an accessible introduction to the Gnostics and their fellow early Christians.

Subjects: Nag Hammadi and Gnostic, Literature

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Review by James F. McGrath
Published 9/1/2011
Citation: James F. McGrath, review of David Brakke, The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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