My musings on the New Testament, Early Christianity, Religion, Literature, and Other Phenomena and Ephemera.
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Nicola Denzey Lewis's "Gnosticism"
Christopher Skinner offers a brief review of Nicola Denzey Lewis's new introductory textbook, Introduction to "Gnosticism": Ancient Voices, Christian Worlds (OUP, 2013) on his blog Peje Iesous. It is quite a glowing review for the book's potential usefulness in a classroom setting. I have been thinking I need to read (and order) the book for my "Forbidden Scriptures" course for a while now. I recently read her monograph, Cosmology and Fate in Gnosticism and Graeco-Roman Antiquity: Under Pitiless Skies (Brill, 2013), which I thought was a very good study of pronoia and heimarmene (and shockingly short).
I have a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University. I am currently a visiting instructor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Mississippi. My research focuses on the New Testament and emergent Christian interactions with ancient Judaism in their Greco-Roman and ancient Near Eastern environments.