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There has only been one disappointment, viz. Open Preview See tne Problem? Citing articles via Google Scholar. Jesse Tyler rated it really liked it Feb 27, A History of Judaism. I don’t think Pagels fully understands what the Gnostics and Paul are saying here–or at least didn’t when she wrote the book. For Christianity, a religion grounded in ideas, Gnosticism, an established cult of ideas, presented an obvious threat.

A group of Christian heretics so subsequently determined began using a somewhat older and distinctly un-Jewish theological approach called Gnosticism to interpret the traditions and writings about Jesus. Indeed, the first known Christian scripture, now lost, but possibly a proto-Luke, was substantially Pauline, treating the god of the Hebrew Scriptures as a fallen, rather unpleasant, spirit and earthly life as something mean and nasty. Another Elaine Pagels’ goody but this one is written very academically with a lot more attention to technical detail.

But this comprehensive exegesis Valentinian, for the most part finally succeeds in making a compelling case This Gnostic interpretation of the Pauline letters provides, among many other things, a framework to reconcile the Old and New Testaments. With Paul this is almost legitimate.

The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters by Elaine Pagels

Nonetheless, there was enough here for me to divine clearly what Paul’s intention was. So 5 stars to you, Elaine Pagels, for distilling libraries of forgotten writing into this book, and for shedding light on a controversy whose paels fundamentally shaped Western culture.

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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.

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Strangely, however, the Gnostics also used Paul extensively to support their case. The articles of Christian faith–the virgin birth, the crucifixion–were intended as metaphors, as parables, not as historical fact.

Eric rated it liked it Apr 17, He is contradictory, opaque, and elusive. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Daryl Peele rated it really liked it Jun 25, James Byron rated it liked it Dec 30, Brandon Harrow rated it liked it Sep 07, Patels a young researcher at Barnard College, she changed forever the historical landscape of the Christian r Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community whose scholarship has earned her international respect.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The world makes more sense to me because of this book, and for that I will pauul forever grateful. Gnoatic About The Gnostic Paul That connection was good enough to get me invited along to her apartment for a party or two. This Gnostic interpretation of the Pauline letters provides, among many other things, a framework to reconcile the Old and New Testaments.

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One of the earliest crises in Christianity, the Gnostic Controversies, occurred about a century after Paul wrote his very influential letters to the congregations he founded throughout the Roman Empire.

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Paul was a gnostic. Charles rated it really liked it Dec 22, It is a pleasure to read such insightful, informative and straightforward reviews. Incidentally, there never was a Gnostic Religion. Drawing upon evidence from the gnostic exegesis of Paul, including several Nag Hammadi texts, the author examines how gnostic exegetes cite and inte 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.

This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. As an exercise for the author, it was probably useful. In their attack on the Gnostics the Church Fathers relied heavily on the letters of Paul to argue against their opponents.