The Gnostic Gospels

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Vintage Books, 1989 - Religion - 182 pages
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The controversy over Christ's resurrection: historical event or symbol? -- "One God, one bishop": the politics of monotheism. -- God the father/God the mother. -- The passion of Christ and the persecution of Christians. -- Whose church is the "true church"? -- Gnosis: self-knowledge as knowledge of God.

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Scholarly well written tying together the lost scrools to provide an account of Christians outside of the newly forming church of Rome. Christians that believe so differently that they are the first ... Read full review


The Controversy over Christs Resurrection Historical Event or Symbol?
One God One Bishop The Politics of Monotheism
God the FatherGod the Mother

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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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