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Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas


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“[A] winning combination of sound scholarship, deep insight and a crystal clear prose style.” —Los Angeles Times

The introduction, discussion questions, suggestions for further reading, and author biography that follow are designed to enhance your groups discussion of Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, Elaine Pagelss fascinating exploration of how and why the New Testament acquired its present form.

Product Details

Pagels, Elaine
Vintage Books
Bible - Criticism Interpretation - New Testament
Bible - Controversial Speculation
Bible - Apocrypha
Christianity - General
Biblical Studies - Apocrypha
Biblical Criticism & Interpretation - New Testament
Biblical Studies - Controversial Speculation
Christianity-Biblical Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 4, 2004
Grade Level:
8.06x5.24x.60 in. .45 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375703164 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A thoughtful and rewarding essay, as we've come to expect from Pagels, and sure to arouse fundamentalist ire."
"Review" by , "Even those who possess only a nodding acquaintance with Gnostic writings will find themselves stimulated by her arguments and perhaps transformed by her conclusions. A fresh and exciting work of theology and spirituality."
"Review" by , "[L]ucid...a spiritual as well as an intellectual exercise....[Pagels] seems to rejoice that in the earliest years of Christianity there existed these strange, dissident doctrines."
"Review" by , "With the winning combination of sound scholarship, deep insight and crystal-clear prose style that distinguishes all her work, Pagels portrays the great variety of beliefs, teachings and practices that were found among the earliest Christians."
"Review" by , "Pagels has accomplished a very rare thing, an examination of early religious writings that is a good read, accessible, and at times even dramatic and poignant."
"Review" by , "Brilliantly lucid, elegantly written...[Pagels'] book is so readable you can't put it down."
"Review" by , "Just as topical today as it was nearly two thousand years ago....Pagels is great at pulling together the details that allow us to understand not only what people were arguing about but why."
"Review" by , "As relevant as today's front page."
"Review" by , "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....A source of inspiration and hope."
"Review" by , "A book many readers will treasure for its healing, its good sense, and its permission to think, imagine, and yet believe."
"Review" by , "It is as generous as it is rare that a first-rate scholar invites the reader to see and sense how her scholarship and her religious quest became intertwined. Elaine Pagels calls for a generosity of mind as she takes us into the world of those early Christian texts that were left behind but now are with us. Her very tone breathes intellectual and spiritual generosity too rare in academe."
"Review" by , "[A] wonderful little book....A small book with a fair amount of scholarly apparatus and tone but without overly academic language, it is highly recommended..."
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