Kurt Rudolph (born 3 April ) is a German researcher of Gnosticism and Mandaeism. Born in Dresden, Rudolph studied Protestant theology, religion, history. Gnosis: the nature and history of an ancient religion. Front Cover. Kurt Rudolph, Robert McLachlan Wilson. T. & T. Clark, – Religion – pages. Translated by R. McL. WilsonA full-scale study based on the documents of the Coptic Gnostic library found at Nag Hammadi providing a comprehensive survey.

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Languages Deutsch Polski Edit links. The script of the texts was probably developed in the second century or earlier in order to preserve the more ancient religious gnosix, which probably originated in Palestine and Syria and was brought orally to Mesopotamia.

Majid Fandi al-Mubaraki, ed. Christopher Kenneth-Lee rated it liked it Feb 28, This research points to the apparent origin of Mandaeism and to the history of influence on it by the surrounding cultural environment, which starts with the Jewish-Baptist and biblical features and with the old Mesopotamian after-effects especially in the magic textsthe early Christian and Gnostic texts, and also the Iranian Persianin particular gmosis Zoroastrian, traditions see below, sec.

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The Mandaean Religion by Kurt Rudolph — The Gnostic Society Library

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Jale Tan rated it it was amazing Jan 19, Doctrine theology and mythology: Lists with This Book. This thesis, which initially was fiercely contested in German religious studies, is now largely a matter of consensus. A Selection of Gnostic Texts, Eng. Andrew rated it liked it Feb 28, Just a moment while gnoosis sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The more important Mandaean texts are the following: However, since the mids, the Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran have partly changed the tradition of their cultic areas in order to avoid polluted streams and rivers.

Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism: Kurt Rudolph: T&T Clark

They have their own priests and centers of worship mandiaside from which or in place of which there have recently been built cultural centers, especially in the non-Oriental areas. Such analyses would undoubtedly enable scholars to isolate early traditions and thus to trace their evolution throughout the extensive and diverse Mandaean literature.


Born in Dresden[1] Rudolph studied Protestant theologyreligionhistory and Semitic at the universities of Greifswald and Leipzig in the years to A real problem for research in Mandaeism is the understanding of the origin, growth, and development of Mandaean traditions.

Clearly, for the Mandaeans John is not the founder of their religion but only one of their prominent representatives.

Gnosis: The Nature and History of Gnosticism

The world of light is ruled by a sublime being who bears different names: To ask other readers questions about Gnosisplease sign up. Edmondo Lupieri, The Mandaeans. The Nature and History gmosis Gnosticism Harper,pp.

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Kurt Rudolph

Rudolph stresses that religious studies must be rational science and therefore has a duty to subject itself to a methodological atheism.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. According to the Mandaean sources, the earliest self-appellations are: Paperbackpages. The Early Roman PeriodCambridge,pp.