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The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
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The Gnostic Gospels (1979)

by Elaine Pagels

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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 how the religious elite silenced any dissenting voices to strengthen the structure that ensured their power base. Ms. Pagels elicits a sympathetic tone towards those rebels who were more concerned with following Christ than those in seeking power in His name. Ms. Pagels makes a scholarly subject accessible to the average reader. For all that, her conclusion is rather startling. As a Catholic, Ms. Pagels explicitly argues that the ends justified the means. In this early edition, her inner-conflict is apparent at the end. Regardless, if this is the only edition you can get hold of, it is absolutely worth your time. ( )
1 vote prismcat | Apr 5, 2018 |
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. ( )
1 vote mldavis2 | Oct 5, 2017 |
Permeates the scriptures with a distinct ideology
of a spiritual realm intangible yet much real than
what we can experience in the flesh
Limited and broken in parts the fragments yet convey
and elucidate a far different image of Christianity
and the Christ

A language of metaphysical dimensions and distinct visions
convey a much cryptic and mystic pursue to the believer
in an emphatic individualistic fashion

It transcends that they are talking about a completely different
view and doctrine of what current Christianity is dispensing
perhaps this difference in views brought about the Gnostic's demise
1 vote SPARDUDA | Jul 25, 2016 |
I checked this audiobook out thinking it would give a description of the gospels discovered in Egypt that weren't included in the Bible. It actually ended up being a history of the Catholic Church and a comparison between the Orthodox Church and the Gnostic beliefs. The comparisons were very interesting, but the audiobook did drag at points. I found myself "tuning out" periodically. I mostly enjoyed the history and the research done in the text, but I should have tried the print version. I probably would have focused more and gotten more from my reading. ( )
  jguidry | Jun 11, 2016 |
Pleasant and greatly informative read about early Christianity. ( )
1 vote ramuneza | Apr 3, 2016 |
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Elaine Pagelsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bergane, TorbjørnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lehtipuu, OutiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quispel, GillesPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Verseput, E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In December 1945 an Arab peasant made an astonishing archeological discovery in Upper Egypt.
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Please do not combine Elaine Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels (in Italian, I vangeli gnostici) with Luigi Moraldi's I vangeli gnostici. Vangeli di Tomaso, Maria, Verità, Filippo (ISBN 8845910091). Thank you.
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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

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"A startling account of the meaning of Jesus and the origin of Christianity based on gnostic gospels and other secret texts, written almost 2,000 years ago, recently discovered near Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt"--Jacket subtitle.

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