Professor David Brakke, Ph.D., M.Div.

Professor David Brakke
  • The Ohio State University
  • Yale University
What the people we will study would want us to do is to read their texts, to consider with open minds what they teach us, and—just possibly—to pursue our own quests for the truth about God and ourselves—that is, to seek our own gnosis.

Professor David Brakke is the Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity and Professor of History at The Ohio State University. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, his M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University. He taught for 19 years in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University.

Professor Brakke has published extensively on the history and literature of ancient Christianity, especially Egyptian Christianity, early monasticism, the formation of the biblical canon, and Gnosticism. His books include The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity; Demons and the Making of the Monk: Spiritual Combat in Early Christianity; and Introduction to Christianity, with Mary Jo Weaver. He has co-edited six volumes of scholarly essays and contributed nearly 40 articles to professional journals and volumes. From 2005 to 2015, he served as editor of the Journal of Early Christian Studies.

At Indiana University, Professor Brakke received recognition for his teaching and research, including the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. He has held several important fellowships, including ones from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is currently preparing a revised edition of Bentley Layton’s The Gnostic Scriptures.

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13 Courses and Sets

  1. The Apocryphal Jesus Sale

    The Apocryphal Jesus

    David Brakke
    4.6 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (67)
    Save up to $220.00 Starting at $24.95 $269.95 $24.95$269.95
    Much of what we know about Jesus today comes from apocryphal sources rather than the Bible. The Apocryphal Jesus is your chance to learn about the early Christian world from a variety of sources—many of which have been considered heretical. Over 24 revealing lectures, Professor Brakke explores the stories and ideas that shaped the foundations of early Christian thought—and continue to influence Christianity...
  2. Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas

    Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas

    David Brakke
    4.8 out of 5
    94% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (69)
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $269.95 $149.95$269.95
    Gnosticism, one of the most fascinating phenomena in religious history, sparked ideologies that competed and conversed with other religions of the time, including Christianity. Follow Gnostic ideology and its impact on Western thought through the centuries, from its role in early religions and emergence in medieval spirituality to its remarkable traces in modern popular culture.
  3. (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & Lost Christianities Set

    (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & Lost Christianities

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Study non-canonical Christian literature to deepen your knowledge of Jesus, his family, and the apostles with this two-course set. Explore the wealth of early Christian literature with The Apocryphal Jesus. Then, discover the works that early Christians read and fervently followed with Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication.
  4. (Set) Gnosticism & The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $279.90 $279.90$279.90
    Explore controversies in Christianity with this set. In Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas, fill in the gaps in your knowledge about gnosticism and its influences on Christianity. Then, in The Greatest Controversies in Early Christian History, get answers to some very thought-provoking questions.
  5. (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & Jesus and His Jewish Influences Set

    (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & Jesus and His Jewish Influences

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Dive deeply into the story of Jesus with this two-course set. Gain a new perspective on early Christian life and history with The Apocryphal Jesus. Then, delve into ancient Judaism and the roots of Jesus’s ministry with Jesus and His Jewish Influences.
  6. (Set) Gnosticism & Sacred Texts of the World Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & Sacred Texts of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $644.90 $349.90$644.90
    Deepen your understanding of religion with this set. In Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas, fill in the gaps in your knowledge about gnosticism and its influences on Christianity. Then, in Sacred Texts of the World, explore the various works that inform and inspire religious people from all walks of life.
  7. (Set) Gnosticism & The World of Biblical Israel Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & The World of Biblical Israel

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Take a new look at the oldest parts of Christianity with this two-course set. Start with an in-depth look at one of the most fascinating phenomena in religious history: Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas. Then, look at the environment that gave birth to the Bible in The World of Biblical Israel.
  8. (Set) Gnosticism & Apocalypse Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & Apocalypse

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Get to know Judas Iscariot with this set. In Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas, fill in the gaps in your knowledge about gnosticism and its influences on Christianity. Then, delve deeper into the historical literature with The Gospel of Judas & Apocalypse.
  9. (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & How Jesus Became God Set on sale

    (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & How Jesus Became God

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $415.00 Starting at $53.90 $539.90 $53.90$539.90
    Deepen your understanding of Jesus with this two-course set. Explore the wealth of early Christian literature with The Apocryphal Jesus. Then, dive deeply into the process by which the divinity of Jesus was first conceived by his followers with How Jesus Became God.
  10. (Set) Gnosticism & How Jesus Became God Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & How Jesus Became God

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Study the history of Christianity with this set. In Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas, fill in the gaps in your knowledge about gnosticism and its influences on Christianity. Then, in How Jesus Became God, follow the historical documents about Jesus's life, his death, and his followers.
  11. (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & Holy Land Revealed Set

    (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & Holy Land Revealed

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Explore new perspectives of Christianity with this two-course set. Round out your understanding of Christianity’s origins by surveying the wealth of literature beyond the New Testament with The Apocryphal Jesus. Then, add new dimensions to your understanding of the millennia-long narrative of a dynamic place with Holy Land Revealed.
  12. (Set) Gnosticism & Lost Christianities Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & Lost Christianities

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Dig deep into scripture with this set. In Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas, fill in the gaps in your knowledge about gnosticism and its influences on Christianity. Then, in Lost Christianities, explore the various books that did not make the cut to be included in the Bible.
  13. (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & Gnosticism Set

    (Set) The Apocryphal Jesus & Gnosticism

    David Brakke
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Discover the true breadth and depth of the early Christian world with this two-course set. Study non-canonical Christian literature to deepen your knowledge of Jesus, his family, and the apostles with The Apocryphal Jesus. Then, immerse yourself in the theology, sacred writings, rituals, and outstanding human figures of the Gnostic movement with Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas.