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Elaine Pagels

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Elaine Pagels earned a B.A. in history and an M.A. in classical studies at Stanford, and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is the author of Adam, Eve, and the Serpent; The Origin of Satan; and The Gnostic Gospels, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award. She is currently the Harrington Spear Paine Professor Religion at Princeton University, and she lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and children.

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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent
Sex and Politics in Early Christianity
Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent
Sex and Politics in Early Christianity
Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 19, 1989
Price: $15.00

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, showing how what was once heresy came to shape our own attitudes toward the body and the soul.

"A stunning book...[that] refreshes our view of early... Read more >
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Beyond Belief
The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 2004
Price: $15.00

“This luminous and accessible history of early Christian thought offers profound and crucial insights on the nature of God, revelation, and what we mean by religious truth.” —Karen Armstong


In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of... Read more >

Beyond Belief
The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 2004
Price: $13.99

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The Gnostic Gospels

Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 19, 1989
Price: $15.00

Winner of the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award

Pagel’s landmark study draws on the Gnostic Gospels to illuminate the world of the first Christians and to examine the different ways in which both Gnostics and the orthodox constructed God, Christ, and the Church. Brilliant and provocative, The... Read more >
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The Gnostic Gospels

Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: November 12, 1979
Price: $23.00

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The Gnostic Gospels

Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: eBook
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: June 29, 2004
Price: $10.99

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The Origin of Satan
How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 30, 1996
Price: $14.95

Pagels traces the evolution of Satan from its origins in the Hebrew Bible, where Satan is at first merely obstructive, to the New Testament, where Satan becomes the Prince of Darkness, the bitter enemy of God and man, evil incarnate.  She shows how this figure of the devil has been used both... Read more >
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The Origin of Satan
How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
Written by Elaine Pagels


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2011
Price: $13.99

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