The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters
"In this highly original work, Elaine Pagels demonstrates how evidence from gnostic sources may challenge the assumption that Paul writes his letters to combat 'gnostic opponents' and to repudiate their claims to secret wisdom. Drawing upon evidence from the gnostic exegesis of Paul, including several Nag Hammadi texts, the author examines how gnostic exegetes cite and interpret key passages in the letters they consider Pauline: 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Hebrews. Besides offering new insight into controversies over Paul in the second century, this analysis of gnostic exegesis suggests a new perspective for Pauline study, challenging students and scholars to recognize the presuppositions-hermenuetical and theological-involved in their own reading of Paul's letters. Elaine H. Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She is the author of The Gnostic Gospels, which won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Johannie Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, and the best-selling Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas"--Publisher description.
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Review: The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline LettersUser Review - Siahaya78 - Goodreads
Invaluable resource in gonstic hermeneutics. A scholarly, clear, short yet deep work from Pagels. I believe the poor reviews have more to do with the reviewer's personal theology than the quality of ... Read full review
Review: The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline LettersUser Review - Frankie - Goodreads
Another Elaine Pagels' goody but this one is written very academically with a lot more attention to technical detail. For those with basic curiosity of the Pauline Letters, check out The Letters of Paul: Conversations in Context by Calvin J Roetzel Read full review