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The three apostles Peter, Paul, and John are the most important starting point for understanding the beginning of Christianity. Each brings a different background and language: Peter’s Old Testament imagery, Paul’s connection with Greek culture, and John’s independent lyricism. This fascinating book paints a vivid picture of these three apostles, exploring what they had in common as well as significant differences, demonstrating their continuing relevance for today.
The authors begin by discussing the pre-Christian context and finish by tracing the esoteric streams of Petrine, Pauline, and Johannine Christianity during the first few centuries after Christ’s physical life on Earth. They show, above all, that all three are needed to truly approach the reality of Jesus Christ.
Bastiaan Baan worked as a teacher in the Netherlands before being ordained in 1981. He was a Christian Community priest in the Netherlands and is currently director of the priests' seminary in Spring Valley, NY. He lectures widely, and has written many books. Lord of the Elements, and Old and New Mysteries, are both available from this bookshop.
Christine Gruwez was born in Kortrijk, Belgium, in the borderland between Flemish and French speakers. She studied classics and philosophy at Leuven University, specialising in Iranian studies. She has written on Manichaeism and anthroposophy, on freedom in Islam, and on Dionysius the Areopagite. She has taught in schools in Antwerp, as well as giving lectures, workshops, seminars and writing. She is married with four daughters.
John van Schaik studied at Utrecht and Antwerp, reading medieval mysticism. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Cathers and Manichaeanism. He has published many books on gnosticism, mysticism and esoteric Christianity.
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