Beyond Belief

Author: Elaine Pagels
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9781400079087
Release Date: 2004-05-04
Genre: Religion

In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy. Spurred on by personal tragedy and new scholarship from an international group of researchers, Pagels returns to her investigation of the “secret” Gospel of Thomas, and breathes new life into writings once thought heretical. As she arrives at an ever-deeper conviction in her own faith, Pagels reveals how faith allows for a diversity of interpretations, and that the “rogue” voices of Christianity encourage and sustain “the recognition of the light within us all.”

Adam Eve and the Serpent

Author: Elaine Pagels
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307807359
Release Date: 2011-10-05
Genre: Religion

Deepens and refreshes our view of early Christianity while casting a disturbing light on the evolution of the attitudes passed down to us. How did the early Christians come to believe that sex was inherently sinful? When did the Fall of Adam become synonymous with the fall of humanity? What turned Christianity from a dissident sect that championed the integrity of the individual and the idea of free will into the bulwark of a new imperial order—with the central belief that human beings cannot not choose to sin? In this provocative masterpiece of historical scholarship Elaine Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked the early church as it confronted the riddles of sexuality, freedom, and sin as embodied in the story of Genesis. And she shows how what was once heresy came to shape our own attitudes toward the body and the soul.

The Gnostic Gospels

Author: Elaine Pagels
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781780226705
Release Date: 2013-07-25
Genre: History

As discussed in The Da Vinci Code... Long buried and suppressed, the Gnostic Gospels contain the secret writings attributed to the followers of Jesus. In 1945 fifty-two papyrus texts, including gospels and other secret documents, were found concealed in an earthenware jar buried in the Egyptian desert. These so-called Gnostic writings were Coptic translations from the original Greek dating from the time of the New Testament. The material they embodied - poems, quasi-philosophical descriptions of the origins of the universe, myths, magic and instructions for mystic practice - were later declared heretical, as they offered a powerful alternative to the Orthodox Christian tradition. In a book that is as exciting as it is scholarly, Elaine Pagels examines these texts and the questions they pose and shows why Gnosticism was eventually stamped out by the increasingly organised and institutionalised Orthodox Church.

The Gnostic Paul

Author: Elaine Pagels
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781855395916
Release Date: 1992-03-01
Genre: Religion

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. Drawing upon evidence from the gnostic exegesis of Paul, including several Nag Hammadi texts, the author examines how gnostic exegetes cite and interpret key passages in the letters they consider Pauline-1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Hebrews. Besides offering new insight into controversies over Paul in the second century, this analysis of gnostic exegesis suggests a new perspective for Pauline study, challenging students and scholars to recognize the presuppositions-hermenuetical and theological-involved in their own reading of Paul's letters. Elaine H. Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She is the author of The Gnostic Gospels, which won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, The Johannie Gospel in Gnostic Exegesis, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, and the best-selling Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas.

Apokalypse

Author: Elaine Pagels
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406646614
Release Date: 2013-03-04
Genre: Bibles

«Die Offenbarung des Johannes gibt viele Rätsel auf: Was bedeutet die Zahl 666? Wer ist die große Hure Babylon? Wie kündigt sich das Weltende an? Und wer hat das Buch überhaupt geschrieben? Elaine Pagels betrachtet die Schrift im Vergleich mit anderen frühchristlichen Apokalypsen, erklärt ihre einzigartige politische Bedeutung und bietet so einen neuen Schlüssel zum Verständnis des geheimnisvollsten Buches der Bibel.» Das Buch mit den sieben Siegeln und die Apokalyptischen Reiter, die Synagoge des Satan und das Lamm Gottes, das Tausendjährige Reich, der kosmische Endkampf und das Jüngste Gericht: Was wäre das Christentum ohne diese Bilder, Hoffnungen und Ängste, die sich alle in der Offenbarung des Johannes finden? Und doch galt dieses ursprünglich jüdische Buch lange als häretisch. Elaine Pagels zeigt, wie es am Ende des ersten Jahrhunderts entstanden ist, wer die Anhänger der unterschiedlichen frühchristlichen Offenbarungen waren und warum ihre Schriften unterdrückt und bis zu ihrer Wiederentdeckung im 20. Jahrhundert vergessen wurden. Was die Johannes-Apokalypse als einzige rettete, war ihre flexible politische Einsetzbarkeit: Die «Bösen» waren ursprünglich die Anhänger des Apostels Paulus, konnten aber auch die Juden, Römer, Häretiker oder Heiden sein. Krieg, Verfolgung und Katastrophen erhalten durch die Apokalypse plötzlich einen Sinn. Aber gerade das macht sie bis heute zum allergefährlichsten Buch der Bibel.

Revelations

Author: Elaine Pagels
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101577073
Release Date: 2012-03-06
Genre: Religion

A startling exploration of the history of the most controversial book of the Bible, by the bestselling author of Beyond Belief. Through the bestselling books of Elaine Pagels, thousands of readers have come to know and treasure the suppressed biblical texts known as the Gnostic Gospels. As one of the world's foremost religion scholars, she has been a pioneer in interpreting these books and illuminating their place in the early history of Christianity. Her new book, however, tackles a text that is firmly, dramatically within the New Testament canon: The Book of Revelation, the surreal apocalyptic vision of the end of the world . . . or is it? In this startling and timely book, Pagels returns The Book of Revelation to its historical origin, written as its author John of Patmos took aim at the Roman Empire after what is now known as "the Jewish War," in 66 CE. Militant Jews in Jerusalem, fired with religious fervor, waged an all-out war against Rome's occupation of Judea and their defeat resulted in the desecration of Jerusalem and its Great Temple. Pagels persuasively interprets Revelation as a scathing attack on the decadence of Rome. Soon after, however, a new sect known as "Christians" seized on John's text as a weapon against heresy and infidels of all kinds-Jews, even Christians who dissented from their increasingly rigid doctrines and hierarchies. In a time when global religious violence surges, Revelations explores how often those in power throughout history have sought to force "God's enemies" to submit or be killed. It is sure to appeal to Pagels's committed readers and bring her a whole new audience who want to understand the roots of dissent, violence, and division in the world's religions, and to appreciate the lasting appeal of this extraordinary text.

The Origin of Satan

Author: Elaine H. Pagels
Publisher:
ISBN: 0140153683
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Bible

This work is a social history of the devil. The figure of Satan has been a standing puzzle in the history of religion. This study examines his origins and his shifting functions. Satan is not present in classical Jewish sources (and scarcely present in traditional Judaism to this day). Images of Satan began to develop and proliferate in later Jewish sources not included in the Hebrew Bible. The book explores this early history or invention of the devil, and traces Satan's subsequent transformations as one of society's most necessary fictions.

The Gnostic Gospels

Author: Elaine H. Pagels
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679724532
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Religion

A study of the Gnostic texts, which describe the same people and events portrayed in the New Testament but from a different perspective, reveals why their suppression was essential to the development of the Christian church

Lo gnostico Paolo

Author: Elaine H. Pagels
Publisher: La Teca Edizioni
ISBN: 9788494012525
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Bibles

“Sono deluso dalla religione”. “Mi ritengo una persona spirituale, ma la Chiesa di oggi non mi rappresenta più”. “Nelle pratiche orientali posso vivere la mia spiritualità, alcune cose però le comprendo solo parzialmente”. È un’utopia vivere la spiritualità scostandosi dalla religione stabilita? E avvicinarsi a Dio senza intermediari? Un Cristianesimo vivo è ancora possibile? Elaine Pagels ci conduce verso un altro Cristianesimo. Quello oppresso, perseguitato, sotterrato dalle ingombranti pietre che costruirono una visione unita della Chiesa universale. Un Cristianesimo pronto a risorgere con forza, vitalità, ricchezza, ma segreto, gnostico, originale e nascosto. Fino a oggi. Una lettura gnostica delle lettere di San Paolo e, al contempo, un invito a conoscere un messaggio molto particolare, un Gesù e un insegnamento rivelati. Per un Cristianesimo fondato sull’uomo, non sulla colpa né sul peccato, capace di rivelare così la più completa conoscenza di noi stessi. E di Cristo. Un tesoro teorico dal valore inestimabile. Ora, qui, nelle tue mani.