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  - prismcat - LibraryThing

This classic book provides an overview of the gnostic gospels and the historical evolution of the early church. It reveals how the early "organized" church dealt with the differing views of Christ and ... Read full review

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User Review  - mldavis2 - LibraryThing

The author uses the 1945 Nag Hammadi library find to examine the historical significance of the orthodox Catholic church's success as compared to the gnostics whose view of God failed to survive. Read full review

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About the author (1989)

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She is the author of several books, including Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity, the New York Times bestseller Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, and The Gnostic Gospels, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. Professor Pagels lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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