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The Gnostic Gospels (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books) by [Elaine Pagels]
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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

“An intellectually elegant, concise study . . . The economy with which [Pagels] evokes the world of early Christianity is a marvel.”
The New Yorker

“The first major and eminently readable book on gnosticism benefiting from the discovery in 1945 of a collection of Gnostic Christian texts at Nag Hammadi in Egypt.”
The New York Times Book Review

“[Pagels] writes with the instincts of a novelist, the skill of a scholar, and the ability to sort out significances that many writers lack.”
Chicago Tribune

“Pagels sets forth [gnosticism’s] principles with a concise clarity. . . . Her evocation of the world of the church fathers is a marvel.”
The Boston Globe

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Gnosticism's Christian form grew to prominence in the 2nd century A.D. Ultimately denounced as heretical by the early church, Gnosticism proposed a revealed knowledge of God ("gnosis" meaning "knowledge" in Greek), held as a secret tradition of the apostles. In The Gnostic Gospels, author Elaine Pagels suggests that Christianity could have developed quite differently if Gnostic texts had become part of the Christian canon. Without a doubt: Gnosticism celebrates God as both Mother and Father, shows a very human Jesus's relationship to Mary Magdalene, suggests the Resurrection is better understood symbolically, and speaks to self-knowledge as the route to union with God. Pagels argues that Christian orthodoxy grew out of the political considerations of the day, serving to legitimize and consolidate early church leadership. Her contrast of that developing orthodoxy with Gnostic teachings presents an intriguing trajectory on a world faith as it "might have become." The Gnostic Gospels provides engaging reading for those seeking a broader perspective on the early development of Christianity. --F. Hall --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • Publication Date : June 29, 2004
  • File Size : 2058 KB
  • Print Length : 258 pages
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publisher : Random House; 1st Edition (June 29, 2004)
  • ASIN : B000RH0DSU
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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