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Gustavo Fares rated it liked it Jan 15, 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.

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The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters

To see all of mankind’s mystical explorations as a continuum. Aug 07, Frankie rated it liked it Shelves: Brandon Harrow rated it liked it Sep 07, Colin Tew rated it it was ok Jan 22, Lists with This Book.

Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Juditha rated it really liked it Oct 20, The mission, as it were, of Gnosticism was to provide the secret knowledge, the inside dope, which would allow these spirits to escape their material emprisonment. The other contact I had with Pagels was my roommate at the time, a student at Barnard College where she taught.


Another Elaine Pagels’ goody but this one is written very academically with a lot more attention to technical detail.

The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters – Elaine Pagels – Google Books

Thank you, BlackOx I have to say, your critics are truly admirable. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

Books by Elaine Pagels. View all 13 comments. The Secret Gnosric Paul of Tarsus, that Moses of the Christian religion, is a persistent intellectual ekaine for many, including me. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. He is contradictory, opaque, and elusive. 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 tbe 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. What are the implications?

She was kind enough at that time to allow me the liberty of composing a dictionary entitled, cleverly, “On gnostc Procession of the Hieresiarchs of Gnosis” even tho the course was ostensibly about Genesis.

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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.

However the mid-twentieth century discovery of the Nag Hammadi elainr, largely Gnostic, provoked a re-consideration of the history and real substance of the entire second century dispute.

The Gnostic Paul

George Rae rated it it was amazing Dec 27, Charles rated it really liked it Dec 22, She fails to interpret some of the gnostic exegesis, itself clearly non-literal. This Gnostic interpretation of the Pauline letters provides, among many other things, a framework to reconcile the Old and New Testaments. Brian Lehmann rated it liked it May 23, Return to Book Page. In their attack on the Gnostics the Church Fathers relied heavily on the letters of Paul gnistic argue against their opponents.


Gnpstic Bennick rated it it was amazing Jan 31, Eric rated it liked it Apr 17, Drawing upon evidence from the gnostic exegesis pagel 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 gmostic to secret wisdom.

Nonetheless, there was enough here for me to divine clearly what Paul’s intention was. 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.

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 gnostix stands to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals. Their efforts were rewarded with success, and their orthodox view of Paul continued to predominate in Christian circles when this book came out, and I suspect it still does.