Gnostic Gospels Paperback

by Elaine Pagels;

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Gnostic Gospels

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In 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.

Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels was published by Orion Publishing Co in April 2006 and is our 37572nd best seller. The ISBN for Gnostic Gospels is 9780753821145.

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Details for Gnostic Gospels

Page last updated 21st May 2016
Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherOrion Publishing Co (April 2006)
EditionNew edition
Number of Pages192
Thickness13 mm
Height199 mm
Width131 mm
Product Code1009315
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