New Books of Interest

Two new volumes may be of interest to lovers of ancient esotericism. We have, forthcoming:

Gods and Humans in the Ancient Near East
Tyson L. Putthoff
ISBN: 9781108490542
$ 99.99 (C)

CUP says: ‘In this book, Tyson Putthoff explores the relationship between gods
and humans, and between divine nature and human nature, in the Ancient
Near East. In this world, gods lived among humans. The two groups
shared the world with one another, each playing a special role in
maintaining order in the cosmos. Humans also shared aspects of a
godlike nature. Even in their natural condition, humans enjoyed a
taste of the divine state. Indeed, gods not only lived among humans,
but also they lived inside them, taking up residence in the physical
body. As such, human nature was actually a composite of humanity and

Putthoff offers new insights into the ancients’ understanding of
humanity’s relationship with the gods, providing a comparative study
of this phenomenon from the third millennium BCE to the first century


Coptica, Gnostica, and Mandaica: Language, Literature, and Art as
Media for Interreligious Encounters

Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur, 185
Edited by: Wolf B. Oerter and Zuzana Vitkova
De Gruyter | 2020
From $114.99

The book presents the proceedings of the conference Coptica – GnosticaMandaica III held in Prague 2017. The volume consists of 14 articles on the specific themes of Coptic, Gnostic, early Christian, Manichean and Mandean literature as well as on Coptic language and iconography.
Most of the articles are devoted to the ‘meetings’ of different kinds,
including Pagan, Christian, Jewish, and Gnostic myths and translators.