A provocative study of the gnostic gospels and the world of early Christianity as revealed through the Nag Hammadi texts.
Table of Contents
1. The Controversy over Christ's Resurrection: Historical Event or Symbol? 2. "One God, One Bishop": The Politics of Monotheism 3. God the Father/God the Mother 4. The Passion of Christ and the Persecution of Christians 5. Whose Church Is the "True Church"? 6. Gnosis: Self-Knowledge as Knowledge of God
About Elaine Pagels
Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of Reading Judas, The Gnostic Gospels-winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award- and the New York Times bestseller Beyond Belief. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
"The first major and eminently readable book on gnosticism benefiting from the discovery in 1945 of a collection of Gnostic Christian texts at Nag Hammadi in Egypt." --The New York Times Book Review
WINNER 1979 National Book Critics Circle Awards WINNER 1980 National Book Awards