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Elaine Pagels
Random House; 1st edition (November 12, 1979)
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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 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 Gnostic Gospels book. Elaine Pagels’s analysis of the so-called gnostic scriptures which were accidentally discovered in 1947 is a case study in the practical consequences of this contradiction. That human beings can hate, persecute and kill one another over poetry is a considerably greater mystery than any of the spiritual narratives contained in these texts.

Elaine Pagels, née Hiesey (born February 13, 1943), is an American religious historian. She is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Her best-selling book The Gnostic Gospels (1979) examines the divisions in the early Christian church, and the way that women have been viewed throughout Jewish history and Christian history. Modern Library named it as one of the 100 best books of the twentieth century.

The Gnostic Gospels is a landmark study of the long-buried roots of Christianity, a work of. .

The Gnostic Gospels is a landmark study of the long-buried roots of Christianity, a work of luminous scholarship and wide popular appeal. First published in 1979 to critical acclaim, winning the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Gnostic Gospels has continued to grow in reputation and influence over the past two decades. In this spellbinding book, renowned religious scholar Elaine Pagels elucidates the mysteries and meanings of these sacred texts both in the world of the first Christians and in the context of Christianity today.

In December 1945 an Arab peasant was digging around a massive boulder in Nag Hammadi, Upper Egypt looking for sabakh, a soil for fertilizing crops, when he found an large earthen jar almost a meter high.

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224 Pages · 2008 · . MB · 62 Downloads ·English. Download The Nag Hammadi Library - Gnostic gospels and texts. 18 MB·3,007 Downloads. from The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels. Le chemin des chemins. The Gnostic Bible: Gnostic Texts of Mystical Wisdom form the. 871 Pages·2008·11. 71 MB·9,041 Downloads. 1st ed. p. cm. Marvin Meyer The Gnostic.

Pagels, Elaine H. The gnostic Gospels. 2. Chenoboskion manuscripts. The first four chapters have been published in more technical form in scholarly journals (specific references precede the footnotes of each chapter).

by Elaine Pagels Vintage Books, New York: 1979 pp. xiii-xxiii. IN DECEMBER 1945 an Arab peasant made an astonishing archeological discovery in Upper Egypt.

Gnosticism: New Light on the Ancient Tradition of Inner Knowing.

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all timeA provocative study of the gnostic gospels and the world of early Christianity as revealed through the Nag Hammadi texts.
  • I began this book with a fascination for the ancient Minoan civilization, a keen interest in with the people and cultures of the eastern Mediterranean, and knowing virtually nothing about Gnosticism. What an enlightening and enjoyable book the author has produced. The book is based upon her interpretations of fragments of early texts, written in Coptic during the first two hundred years following the crucifixion. Pagels summarizes not just the writings of these early spiritual leaders, but also the social and political issues of the day.
    The Gnostic texts, discovered in 1948 buried in a remote Egyptian cave, describe a spiritual tradition of meditation, inner visions, and self-discovery, rather than a quest for salvation. The author's translation and interpretation from the Gospel of Thomas follows: "There is light within a man of light, and it lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness."
    In Pagels' reconstruction of the period, another profound distinction between the Gnostics and the orthodox view that became the Roman Catholic church, was the participation of women and men as equals in their religious traditions. Mary Magdalen as apostle, is the prominent example. The texts describe God in both masculine and feminine terms with a complementary description of human nature. The book is a fascinating look into the founders and the founding of Christianity.

  • All of my life I have felt that something important was missing from my relationship with God. Reading this work helped me to fill in the holes that orthodox Christianity built deep inside. Call it The Mysterys, call it gnosis. Call it what you will, but I found myself and my God when I read this work.

  • This is a wonderfully written, interesting, nich book about theological influences in the two centuries after Christ died. It features the Gnostic influence on the early Church and the discoveries of original Gnostic texts, which were not included in dogma and the New Testament. Every Christian should read this book because it discusses the very basic core beliefs of Christianity and why the basic beliefs of the Catholic and Protestant churches came to be - and - the theological disagreemets about these core beliefs from the Gnostic and Orthodox sides. I downloaded this book at Amazon onto my Kindle. This book isn't for everbody, in fact, it may enrage some people because of the difference in the Gnostic view about the origin, nature, personhood, and purpose of Christ. It is draws heavily on discovered Gnostic texts and the real hatred of the Gnostics by orthodox Church leaders at the time - from their own orthodox writings. The disaffection flows from both sides in no uncertain terms. These disagreements come down to life and death decisions. For example, Gnostics looked at orthodorx Christians, who went to martyrdom in varous forms of torture and death, as wasting their lives for nothing, not understanding Christ's true purpose and message. These Christians were ignorant in the eyes of the Gnostics. Gnostics opened their church to all: men and women were equal, all social classes were welcome and women particpated in church functions on equal footing with men. Gnostics rejected the orthodox power structure brought on by orthodox bishops. To Gnostics, there were different levels of spiritual knowledge. The book also shows the influence, on the Gnostics, by Buddhism. This is a fascinating book based on the Gnostic texts discovered at Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt, December 1945. Reference the link below for additional background - [...]

  • This book provides a fascinating review of not only the general contents of the gnostic gospels but it provides a historical evolution of the early church. This historical review shows how the early church had to deal with many views of Christ and what his words and life meant and how the early church silenced these voices to reflect the structure that ensured their power, influence and success survived. A must read for anyone who wants to know how the early evolved.

  • I enjoy Elaine Pagels books. She presents clear insight in this book to not only gnostic beliefs, but also the chaos surrounding early Christianity. If you are interested in such subjects, this is a good primer.

  • Simple: Every Christian should read this book. Enlightening and very educational. Answers all those nagging questions you have always had in the back of your head. Because so much is revealed, it becomes very clear why these books were kept of the Bible. Highly recommend to all who are true seekers.

  • Ms. Pagels relates the history of what is commonly called "The Nag Hammadi books" or the "Gnostic Gospels" in a very easy to read book. With lots of footnotes and other references she gives insight on not only three Gnostic versus Orthodox views, but also Platonic views as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Gnostic view.

  • Superb study of the other Christianity of the first 300 years. There was Orthodoxy and there was Gnosticism. I think all Christians would benefit by reading this book. What if the Gnostics had "won?" In some ways I think they snuck into Orthodoxy anyway, especially in the mystical stream such as Eckhart. Loved re- reading this book, as I read it quite a long time ago.