The Gnostic Gospels

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Vintage Books, 1989 - Religion - 182 pages
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A provocative study of the gnostic gospels and the world of early Christianity as revealed through the Nag Hammadi texts.

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User Review  - Kelly - Goodreads

I read this book for my book group at church. While it started out very readable, it became harder to follow as she increasingly included quotes from the Gnostic Gospels to support her arguments. Due ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jody Mena - Goodreads

Fascinating and thought provoking. This is a very thorough historical examination of the conflict between the orthodox and gnostic perspectives of Christianity in its first centuries, based on various ... Read full review


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Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship best known for her studies and writing on the Gnostic Gospels. Pagels graduated from Stanford University receiving a B.A. in 1964 and an M.A. in 1965. She received a Ph.D in religion from Harvard University in 1970. She is the author of The Gnostic Gospels (1979), which won the National Book Award (Religion 1980) and the National Book Critics Circle Award (Criticism 1979). Pagels is also the author of Adam, Eve and the Serpent (1988), The Origin of Satan (1995), Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (2003), Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (2007), and Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (2012).

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