The Gnostic Gospels

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Random House, 1979 - Philosophy - 182 pages
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Three of Pagels' works are included : the 1979 National Book Award-winning "The Gnostic Gospels," a study of ancient texts and spiritual wisdoms of early Christian sects; the 1988 "Adam, Eve, and the Serpent," which recreates the controversies and contexts of early Church doctrine related to the story of Genesis and its paradoxes; and the 1995 "Origin of Satan," where she traces the evolution of Satan's image between the Old and New Testaments.

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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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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

Contents

God the FatherGod the Mother
48
The Passion of Christ
70
Whose Church Is the True Church?
102
SelfKnowledge as Knowledge of God
119
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About the author (1979)

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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