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View all 3 comments. Trivia About The Gnostic Paul This Gnostic interpretation of the Pauline letters provides, among many other things, a framework to reconcile the Old and New Testaments. Eric rated it liked it Apr 17, 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.

Gnosticism had several strands but all of these converged on a view of the physical world as a creation of an evil Demiurge. I don’t think Pagels fully understands what the Gnostics and Paul are saying here–or at least didn’t when she wrote the book. Open Preview See a Problem?

The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters

But by examining each of the Pauline letters in terms of a more complete knowledge of the Gnostic position, Pagels makes a compelling case that Paul had been heavily influenced by Gnostic thought.

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The issue around which Pagels centres her analysis is fascinating. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.

The Gnostic Paul

Basically, it’s a lazy book. There has only been one disappointment, viz.

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Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community whose scholarship has earned her international respect.

That connection was good enough to get me invited along to her apartment for a party or two. The world makes more sense to me because of this book, and for that I will be forever grateful.

You could not be signed in. Hugo Rego I have to say, your critics are truly admirable. For more on the Pauline pagelx of faith and other links, see https: Charles rated it really liked it Dec 22, With Paul this is almost legitimate.

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

To ask other readers questions about The Gnostic Paulplease sign up. The Secret Sharer Paul of Tarsus, that Moses of the Christian religion, is a persistent intellectual pain for many, including me. Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters. To see all of mankind’s mystical explorations as a continuum.

Aug 07, Frankie rated it liked it Laul Aug 04, Ken rated it really liked it. Brian Lehmann rated it liked it May 23, In their attack on the Gnostics the Church Fathers relied heavily on the letters of Paul to argue against their opponents. You paagels not currently have access to this article.

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. Nonetheless, there was enough here for me to divine clear I don’t think Pagels fully understands what the Gnostics and Paul are saying here–or at least didn’t when she wrote the book. The mission, as it were, of Gnosticism was to provide the secret knowledge, the inside ghe, which would allow these spirits to escape their material emprisonment.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In fact many of the apparent contradictions and confusions contained in these documents are the result of Paul addressing two audiences simultaneously: Paperbackpages.

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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. Article PDF first page preview. 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.

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She fails to interpret some of palu gnostic exegesis, itself clearly non-literal. 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. The articles of Christian faith–the virgin birth, the crucifixion–were intended as metaphors, as parables, not as historical fact. Michele Gnowtic rated it really liked it May 30, Another Elaine Pagels’ goody but this one is written very academically with a lot more attention to technical detail.

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