JOHN THE BAPTIST AND THE LAST GNOSTICS: The Secret History of the Mandaeans
Are there still Gnostics and can their roots be chased back to John the Baptist? Among the casualties of the Western intervention in Iraq and the recent activities of ISIS are the Mandaeans of Southern Iraq. These peace-loving people are now fleeing to the West.
They are the last Gnostics, the only surviving remnant of the ancient sects who taught the direct knowledge of God, created their own gospels and myths, and were persecuted as heretical by the church in the second and third centuries. The Mandaeans place weekly river baptisms at the center of their religious life, and the primary exemplar of their religion is none other than John the Baptist. What is the real history of this mysterious and long-lived sect?
6X9 P/B, 232 pp.