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The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters

For more on the Pauline idea of faith and other links, see https: The issue around which Pagels centres her analysis is fascinating. Brandon Harrow rated it liked it Sep 07, 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. Dec 24, BlackOxford elain it it was amazing Shelves: The articles of Christian faith–the virgin birth, the crucifixion–were intended as metaphors, as paegls, not as historical fact.

Paul was a gnostic.

Siyabonga Dlamini rated it it was amazing Mar 26, Don’t have gnostif account? Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Before Nag Hammadi it appeared that the Gnostics were merely being tendentious and the orthodox interpretation of the Fathers obvious.

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Rachel rated it liked it Apr 17, 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. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Lists with This Book. Aug 04, Ken rated it really liked it.

It is a pleasure to read such insightful, informative and straightforward reviews. Most pau, what is known about the Gnostics is available only from these Church Fathers since their attack was successful and most of the original Gnostic writing was destroyed.


The Gnostic Paul

But this comprehensive exegesis Valentinian, for the most part finally succeeds in making a compelling case for Paul’s ‘Gnosticness’ Gnosticity? To see all of mankind’s mystical explorations as a continuum.

Return to Book Page. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Eugen Eugeni rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Another Elaine Pagels’ goody but this one is written very academically with a lot more attention to technical detail.

Eric rated it liked it Apr 17, However the mid-twentieth century discovery of the Nag Hammadi manuscripts, largely Gnostic, provoked a re-consideration of the history and real substance of the entire second century dispute. Adam Bennick rated it pail was amazing Jan 31, No trivia or quizzes yet. And of course, the institutional logic of religious and political players has never supported the self-abnegation a bnostic agenda obliges.

Email alerts New issue alert. But Pagels book goes a long way to dispersing the Pauline conceptual mist and suggesting why he was so successful.

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

She also shies away from drawing in bold strokes the rather obvious conclusion: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It brings an inviting depth to what I’ve always considered to be a flat, impenetrable thicket of words And it appeals to a deep vein of intuition in 1 its identification of the Old Testament God as the demiurge – lord of the material world only, 2 its position that some people need religious laws and others don’t, and 3 its incorporation of the female principle in a more intrinsic cosmological role.

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. As a young researcher at Barnard College, she changed forever the historical landscape of the Christian religion by exploding the myth of the early Christian Church as a unified movement.


Daryl Peele rated it really liked it Jun 25, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. So 5 stars to you, Elaine Pagels, for distilling libraries of forgotten writing into this book, and for shedding light on a controversy whose outcome fundamentally shaped Western culture. 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.

Gustavo Fares rated it liked it Jan 15, Thank you, BlackOx I have to say, your critics are truly admirable. The religious controversy that Paul’s letters provoked in the 2nd century as persecution and in-fighting fatefully directed the evolution of the Christian community, resembled the current political debate between libertarians and nanny-staters.

Jeremiah rated it it was amazing Oct 24, Arthur George rated it really liked it Nov 18, 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.

Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community whose scholarship has earned her international respect. In fact many of the apparent contradictions and confusions contained in these documents are the result of Paul addressing two audiences simultaneously: Beyond that, I’ve read several of her books and will pick up anything written over her name.

Mar 09, Steve Cooper rated it it was amazing.

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