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The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita
by Eknath Easwaran

Prince Arjuna faced a dilemma that many face sooner or later - whether to take action that is necessary yet morally ambiguous. The difference is that Arjuna's action was to wage war against his own family. With the armies arrayed, Arjuna loses his nerve. Krishna, his charioteer and incarnation of divine consciousness, begins to teach him the nature of God and of himself, that Arjuna can attain liberation through union with God, and that there are several available paths. And so the most famous and revered of all Hindu Scriptures goes on to teach the paths of knowledge, devotion, action, and meditation, becoming the seed for all the Hindu systems of philosophy and religion that followed. ~amazon.com

Dhammapada

The Dhammapada
by Eknath Easwaran

Dhammapada means something like ‘the path of dharma’ – of truth, of righteousness, of the central law that all of life is one. The Buddha did not leave a static structure of belief that we can affirm and be done with. His teaching is an on-going path, a ‘way of perfection’ which anyone can follow to the highest good. The Dhammapada is a map for this journey.
~From the Introduction

FiveGospels

The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say?
by Robert W. Funk (based on the work of the Jesus Seminar)

This new commentary on the five Gospels answers the question, What did Jesus really say? The seminar scholars began a process to discover which sayings are close to what Jesus said, which might have originated with Jesus, those that are not his (though the ideas may be), and those that were created by his followers or borrowed from folklore.
~Booklist

Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are–
by Bart D. Ehrman

It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that 'writing in the name of another' was widely accepted in antiquity. But ... author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery.... In Forged, Ehrman's ... research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church. So, if many of the books in the Bible were not in fact written by Jesus' inner circle ... what does that do to the authority of Scripture? ~amazon.com

God Makes the Rivers to Flow:
An Anthology of the World's Sacred Poetry and Prose

by Eknath Easwaran

Eknath Easwaran taught spiritual living for nearly 40 years and drew deep, ongoing inspiration from the sacred literature of all traditions — the great river of wisdom that is always flowing throughout the world. The 149 short extracts in this anthology come from the much-loved saints, sages, and scriptures of the Christian, Hindu, Sufi, Jewish, Native American, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions.
 ~amazon.com



 

The Gospel of the Beloved Companion:
The Complete Gospel of Mary Magdalene
by Jehanne de Quillan

The Gospel of the Beloved Companion is the first English translation of a previously unpublished first-century gospel of the same name. Originally written in Alexandrian Greek and brought from Egypt to the Languedoc during the early to middle part of the first century, this exceptional manuscript has been preserved within the author's spiritual community since that period. In this extraordinary book, the Gospel of the Beloved Companion comes alive to bring us a luminously poetic yet starkly objective insight into, and perhaps a new perspective on, the teachings of one of the greatest spiritual teachers the world has ever known. Author Jehanne de Quillan presents this translation along with a detailed comparative study between the Gospel of the Beloved Companion and the canonical and gnostic Gospels in a clear and easy-to-read format, leading the reader step-by-step to a deep understanding of this remarkable text and, perhaps for the first time, a clear and unsullied view of the woman known to most as Mary Magdalene.
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The Gospel of Mary Magdala:
Jesus and the First Woman Apostle

by Karen L. King

Discovered in the 19th century and not published until 1955, this gospel shows Mary to be the apostle to whom Jesus revealed deep theological insights. In the brief text, the male apostles are afraid & despondent after Jesus' death, so Mary tries to cheer them by revealing esoteric teachings that Jesus imparted to her alone. The bulk of King's book takes up questions about the Son of Man, law, women's authority, visionary experiences and the body.
~Publishers Weekly

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
by Jean-Yves Leloup

Found in 1945 at Nag Hammadi in the Egyptian desert, [the Gospel of Mary Magdalene] is a short but complex Coptic text ... This volume contains English translations of Leloup's French version of the original and Leloup's extensive commentary, which discloses the theology that inspired the lost gospel.
~Booklist

The Gospel of Thomas:
The Hidden Sayings of Jesus

by Marvin Meyer

Marvin Meyer's distinguished translation ... is considered by many to be perhaps the closest we'll ever get to reading what was actually said by the historical Jesus. In The Gospel of Thomas, you'll discover a different kind of Christ--a wandering spiritual teacher from Galilee who performs no miracles, reveals little prophecy, announces no apocalypse, and dies for no one's sins.
~amazon.com

The Gospels of Mary:
The Secret Tradition of Mary Magdalene,
the Companion of Jesus

by Marvin Meyer, Esther A. De Boer

The portrait of Mary... as a reformed whore is impressive, but it is mistaken in terms of historical accuracy and literary interpretation," [Meyer] asserts. Meyer claims that there is no convincing documentation to link Mary with the unnamed prostitute who washes Jesus' feet with her tears.
~amazon.com

The Gnostic Bible
by Willis Barnstone (Editor), Marvin Meyer (Editor)

...the bulk of the text is taken up with primary sources, which are drawn from three continents and span an astonishing 13 centuries. These are helpfully organized into various schools of Gnostic tradition: Sethian, Valentinian, Syrian, Hermetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, and--in an unusual move--relatively late Islamic and Cathar texts.
~Publishers Weekly

The Gnostic Discoveries:
The Impact of the Nag Hammadi Library

by Marvin Meyer

... with the unearthing of the Gnostic texts at Nag Hammadi, scholars have a better idea of Gnostic teaching in the early years of Christianity as told by its adherents. Meyer sorts through the teachings and relates them, not just to the biblical text, but even to the bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code. Meyer writes clearly, bringing the times of the early Gnostic writings to life and making them accessible.
~Publisher's Weekly

The Gnostic Gospels
by Elaine Pagels

... Pagels suggests that Christianity could have developed quite differently if Gnostic texts had become part of the Christian canon. Without a doubt: Gnosticism celebrates God as both Mother and Father, shows a very human Jesus's relationship to Mary Magdalene, suggests the Resurrection is better understood symbolically, and speaks to self-knowledge as the route to union with God.
~amazon.com

The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus:
The Definitive Collection of Mystical Gospels
and Secret Books about Jesus of Nazareth

by Marvin Meyer

Marvin Meyer, premier scholar of Gnostic and other Christian literature outside the New Testament, presents every Gnostic Gospel and Jesus text with a brilliant overall introduction, introductions to each text, and notes that explain everything the reader needs to know to understand the text.
~amazon.com

Misquoting

Misquoting Jesus:
The Story Behind Who Changed The Bible And Why

by Bart D. Ehrman

An accomplished scholar of early Christianity... sketches the development of New Testament literature, the gradual accumulation of errors therein through the accidental or intentional revisions of copyists, and attempts to reconstruct the original text. Ehrman convincingly argues that even some generally received passages are late additions, which is particularly interesting in the case of those verses with import for doctrinal issues such as women's ordination or the Atonement. ~ Library Journal

The Upanishads

The Upanishads
by Eknath Easwaran

In his translation of The Upanishads, the font of Indian spiritulity, Easwaran delights us with a readable rendition of one of the most difficult texts of all religious traditions. Each Upanishad is a lyrical statement about the deeper truths of mysticism, from the different levels of awareness to cultivations of love of God. There's one twist, though, for ultimately a devoted meditator realizes that God and the world are not separate from oneself. Then the ultimate goal becomes to reunite with the universal Self, achieving the infinite joy that accompanies such union. ~amazon.com