The Gnostic Scriptures A New Translation with Annotations and Introductions Bentley Layton

The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
Publication date:
01 Aug 1995
Yale University Press
576 pages: 235 x 156mm

This definitive introduction to the gnostic scriptures provides a crucial look at the theology, religious atmosphere, and literary traditions of ancient Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism.

“Bentley Layton’s The Gnostic Scriptures is the one indispensable book for the understanding of Gnosis and Gnosticism. No other translations are within light-years of Layton’s in eloquence, pathos, and accuracy, while no other commentaries match his as an introduction to this perpetually relevant religious stance. Layton is particularly brilliant in his appreciation of Valentinus, the central Gnostic visionary, whose Gospel of Truth is marvelously served in this translation.”—Harold Bloom, author of The Book of J and The Western Canon