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Below you will find some recommended reading on the subject of Gnosticism and the ancient Gnostics, the list consists of both up to date scholarly works and timeless classics, though it is but a small selection that barely scratches the surface of available literature.
New to Gnosticism? When it comes to reading we recommend that you start your journey with secondary literature about Gnosticism such as is listed below, to get a basic sense of the history, comon ideas and concepts found within the Gnostic texts themselves. When you decide to jump into the real scriptures and ancient lierature we reccomend (for example) that you start with the Apocryphon of John, The Gospel of Truth, and the Gospel of Mary. These three texts are comparatively easy to read and understand while serving to show both the diversity of thought as well as the common elements present in the ancient Gnostic traditions. Direct links to all of these texts can be found on our Ancient Gnostic Scriptures page.
Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing, by Stephan A. Hoeller
The Gnostic New Age: How a Countercultural Spirituality Revolutionized Religion from Antiquity to Today, by April DeConick
The Thirteenth Apostle: What The Gospel of Judas Really Says (revised), by April Deconick
Ancient Gnosticism: Traditions And Literature , by Birger Pearson
How to Think Like a Gnostic, by Jeremy Puma
A Gnostic Prayerbook: Rites, Rituals, Prayers and Devotions for the Solitary Modern Gnostic, by Jeremy Puma
Apocalypse of the Alien God: Platonism and the Exile of Sethian Gnosticism, by Dylan Burns
Sethian Gnosticism and the Platonic Tradition, by John Turner
The Spiritual Seed: The Church of the Valentinians, by Einar Thomassen
The Fall of Sophia, by Violet MacDermot
The Secret History of The Gnostics, by Andrew Philip Smith
John the Baptist and and the Last Gnostics: The Secret History of the Mandaeans, by Andrew Philip Smith
A Gnostic's Progress: Magic and the Path of Awakening, by Steve Dee
The Gospel of the Prophet Mani, by Duncan Greenlees
Manichaeism, by Michel Tardieu
The Gnostic Paul, by Elaine Pagels
Jewish Gnosticism, Merkabah Mysticism, by Gershom Scholem
The Gnostic Jung and Seven Sermons to the Dead, by Stephan Hoeller