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Beyond the Gnostic Gospel: Studies Building on the Work of Elaine Pagels (Eduard Iricinschi Lance Jenott, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Philippa Townsend) Paperback Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2013) 9783161528347
Beyond the Gnostic Gospel: Studies Building on the Work of Elaine Pagels (Eduard Iricinschi Lance Jenott, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Philippa Townsend) Paperback Book, (Mohr Siebeck, 2013) 9783161528347
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Title: Beyond the Gnostic Gospel: Studies Building on the Work of Elaine Pagels

Author: Iricinschi, Eduard Lance Jenott, Nicola Denzey Lewis, Philippa Townsend

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2013

Paperback; ISBN: 9783161528347

Volumes: 1; Pages: 300

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Published initially in 1979, Pagels' The Gnostic Gospels represents a landmark of scholarship in religious studies. It not only made the Nag Hammadi writings and Gnosticism popular topics in modern culture, it also invited scholars to rethink early Christianity from new perspectives. After The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels extended her research in various directions, from perceptions of sexuality in early Christianity and identity politics in the creation of the "Satan figure" to the role of ritual in Nag Hammadi texts, and, recently, the Gospel of Judas and ancient apocalypses. The studies included in this volume engage each stage of Pagels' vast trajectory, and provide critical evaluations of the field of "Gnosticism studies." The studies include new interpretations of the Nag Hammadi texts and fresh analyses of ancient heresiological literature.Table of ContentsExplorations at the edges of orthodoxy: Elaine Pagels' study of the early Christian world / Philippa Townsend Part I: The social world of early Christians: A Life Full of Meaning and Purpose: Demiurgical Myths and Social Implications / Michael A. Williams Rethinking the Diversity of Ancient Christianity: Responding to Suffering and Persecution / Karen L. King The Valentinian Materials in James (NHC V,3 and CT,2) / Einar Thomassen Part II: Creating orthodoxy and heresy: Irenaeus, the Will of God, and Anti-Valentinian Polemics: A Closer Look at Against the Heresies I.12.1 / Geoffrey S. Smith Nor is one ambiguity resolved by another ambiguity: Irenaeus of Lyons and the Rhetoric of Interpretation / David W. Jorgensen Gnostic Spirituality at the Crossroads of Christianity: Transgressing Boundaries and Creating Orthodoxy / April D. DeConick Part III: Ritual and myth: The Problem of Bad Baptisms: Rethinking Early Christian Initiation and Its Implications / Nicola Denzey Lewis Baptismal Vision, Angelification, and Mystical Union in Sethian Literature / John D. Turner Thought, Forethought, and Afterthought in the Secret Book of John / Marvin Meyer Part IV: Christianity in Egypt: Begotten, Not Made, to Arise in This Flesh: The Post-Nicene Soteriology of the Gospel of Philip / Hugo Lundhaug Buried and Raised: Gospel of Thomas Logion 5 and Resurrection / AnneMarie Luijendijk The Teaching Hidden in Silence (NH II 1,4): Questions, Answers, and Secrets in a Fourth-Century Egyptian Book / Eduard Iricinschi Clergy, Clairvoyance, and Conflict: The Synod of Latopolis and the Problem with Pachomius' Visions / Lance Jenott Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Egypt / Deirdre Good Part V: New Testament studies: How Far Can You Go? Jesus, John, the Synoptics and Other Texts / Ismo Dunderberg Plato, Plutarch, and John: Three Symposia about Love / Harold W. Attridge Jesus and the Tradition of the Elders: Originalism and Traditionalism in Early Judean Legal Theory / Holger M. Zellentin Paul the Zealot, A Man of Constant Sorrow / John G. Gager 6 Ezra and Jewish Reception of Revelation / John W. Marshall
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