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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. You do not currently have access to this article. Daryl Peele rated it really liked it Jun 25, Return to Book Page. 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.

But this comprehensive exegesis Valentinian, for the most part finally succeeds in making a compelling case for Paul’s ‘Gnosticness’ Gnosticity? And of course, the institutional logic of religious and political players has never supported the self-abnegation a libertarian agenda obliges. The Secret Sharer Paul of Tarsus, that Moses of the Christian religion, is a persistent intellectual pain for many, including me.

A History of Judaism. Nonetheless, there was enough here for me to divine clearly what Paul’s intention was. Thank you, BlackOx I have to say, your critics are truly admirable. One of the earliest crises in Christianity, the Gnostic Controversies, occurred about a century after The Secret Sharer Paul of Tarsus, that Moses of the Christian religion, is a persistent intellectual pain for many, including me.

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In fact many of the apparent contradictions and confusions contained in these documents are the result of Paul addressing two audiences simultaneously: Travis rated it really liked it Dec 11, This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. The ontological status of Gnosticism is about as weak as that for schizophrenia, gnosticism standing to modern scholarly nosology as schizophrenia stands to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals.

In their attack on the Gnostics the Church Fathers relied heavily on the letters of Paul to argue against their opponents. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. With Paul this is almost legitimate. To ask other readers questions about The Gnostic Paulplease sign up. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? He is contradictory, opaque, and elusive. Aug 04, Ken rated it really liked it. Charles rated it really liked it Dec 22, 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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Dec 24, BlackOxford rated it it was amazing Shelves: Paul was a gnostic. Jeremiah rated it it was amazing Oct 24, As a young researcher at Barnard College, fhe changed forever the historical landscape of the Christian religion by exploding the myth of the early Christian Church as a unified movement.

No trivia or quizzes pwgels. The Secret Gospel of Thomas. I started reading Pagels in college in preparation for a thesis on theories regarding the origins of “gnosticism. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation.

Michele Davis rated it really pafels it May 30, How to Think Like an Anthropologist. 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. Beyond that, I’ve read several of her books and will pick up anything written over her name.

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So quite a bit of effort was expended by early church fathers like Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Origen you can practically hear boos and hisses whenever they’re mentioned in a Pagels book even though she maintains a strict scholarly objectivityto de-gnostify these Pauline letters. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Article PDF first page preview.

The Gnostic Paul

She also shies away from drawing in bold strokes the rather obvious conclusion: Their efforts were rewarded payels success, and their orthodox view of Paul continued to predominate in Christian circles when this book came out, and I suspect it still does.

It has been argued that it is heresy and an exercise in wish fulfillment – selectively choosing whom Paul intended as the audience on a case-by-case basis, and completely ignoring Acts and the Pastoral Letters in order to support the Gnostic position.

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