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    DescriptionIn 1945 fifty-two papyrus texts, including gospels and other secret documents, were found concealed in an earthenware jar buried in the Egyptian desert. These so-called Gnostic writings were Coptic translations from the original Greek dating from the time of the New Testament. The material they embodied - poems, quasi-philosophical descriptions of the origins of the universe, myths, magic and instructions for mystic practice - were later declared heretical, as they offered a powerful alternative to the Orthodox Christian tradition. In a book that is as exciting as it is scholarly, Elaine Pagels examines these texts and the questions they pose and shows why Gnosticism was eventually stamped out by the increasingly organised and institutionalised Orthodox Church.


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    Title
    Gnostic Gospels
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elaine Pagels
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 100 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753821145
    ISBN 10: 0753821141
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.2
    BIC subject category V2: HRCG9
    DC22: 229.8
    BISAC V2.8: REL006110
    Thema V1.0: QRMF19
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    06 April 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    After receiving her doctorate from Harvard University in 1970, Elaine Pagels taught at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she chaired the department of religion. She is now the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Professor Pagels is the author of several books on religious subjects and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981. She lives and teaches in Princeton, New Jersey.
    Review quote
    If you must buy one of the many books being pumped out this season to capitalise on the film of the mega-selling book [THE DA VINCI CODE], this is the one to get. SUNDAY HERALD (7.5.06)