Gnosticism - Scriptures of the Cathars - Introduction, The Vision of Isaiah & Secret Supper of John


The medieval Gnostics the Cathars have become the stuff of legend - but what Scriptures were holy to them? In a new multi-part series Esoterica is exploring Cathar Scriptures from their relation to the Bible, the inheritance of Bogomil texts and the books produced in Italy and France by the Cathars themselves. Join me this Friday for the first episode of the series exploring their relationship to the Bible, along with the ancient Vision of Isaiah and the Secret Supper of John!

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Recommended Readings:

Cathar Texts online -
17th century Edition of the Secret Supper (starts on p. 283)-

Primary Sources:
Wakefield - Heresies of the High Middle Ages - 978-0231096324
Léglu, Catherine, Rebecca Rist and Claire Taylor (eds.) The Cathars and the Albigensian Crusade: a Sourcebook (London: Routledge, 2014)
Charlesworth - The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Volume 2 - 978-1598564907

Barber, Malcolm, The Cathars: Dualist heretics in Languedoc in the High Middle Ages, Second edition (Harlow, United Kingdom: Pearson, 2013)
Lambert, Malcolm, The Cathars (Oxford; Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers, 1998)
Lansing, Carol, Power and purity: Cathar heresy in Medieval Italy (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998)
Taylor, Claire, Heresy in medieval France: Dualism in Aquitaine and the Agenais, 1000-1249 (Woodbridge, UK; Rochester, NY: Royal Historical Society/Boydell Press, 2005)

Moore, R. I., The War on Heresy (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012)
Pegg, Mark Gregory, A Most Holy War: the Albigensian Crusade and the battle for Christendom (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2008)
Sennis, Antonio (ed.), Cathars in Question (York: York Medieval Press, 2016)

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