Beyond Belief

Beyond Belief

In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy.

Author: Elaine Pagels

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9781400079087

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy. Spurred on by personal tragedy and new scholarship from an international group of researchers, Pagels returns to her investigation of the “secret” Gospel of Thomas, and breathes new life into writings once thought heretical. As she arrives at an ever-deeper conviction in her own faith, Pagels reveals how faith allows for a diversity of interpretations, and that the “rogue” voices of Christianity encourage and sustain “the recognition of the light within us all.”
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Jesus Tried and True

Jesus Tried and True

He advanced this viewpoint in Resurrection Reconsidered: Thomas and John in Controversy.57 In 2003, Elaine Pagels promoted this perspective further in Beyond Belief: the Secret Gospel of Thomas. This volume went on to become a New York ...

Author: H. H. Drake Williams

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781610975261

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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Are the gospels found within the New Testament superior to others? Has the church unfairly chosen Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John while leaving out many others? Are there truly lost Christianities that would enrich our understanding of Jesus? Would modern-day seekers as well as followers of Jesus be better served by including gospels outside of the New Testament in their understanding of Jesus? Jesus Tried and True answers these questions by examining the date, source, and reception of the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and then comparing this data with the other gospels. It assesses this information by looking within these gospels and also evaluating early church history, examining the writings of early church writers such as Papias, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Eusebius. It then compares these findings with the date, source, and reception of the non-canonical gospels that have received the most attention lately such as the Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Mary, Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Philip, and Gospel of Peter. There is also a brief survey of thirteen of the most important non-canonical gospels. The survey provides an opinion on the dependence of these upon the gospels within the New Testament. JJesus Tried and True affirms the superiority of the New Testament gospels. It concludes by addressing whether non-canonical gospels are "lost Christianities" and also whether the designation "apocryphal" is appropriate for other gospels.
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The Words of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas

The Words of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas

80 Starting with R.J. Hoffmann, The Secret Gospels: A Harmony of Apocryphal Jesus Tradition (New York, 1996). 81 M.L. Turner, The Gospel according to ... 94 E.H. Pagels, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (New York, 2003).

Author: David W. Kim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000377620

Category: Religion

Page: 312

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This book offers a detailed analysis of the Gospel of Thomas in its historic and literary context, providing a new understanding of the genesis of the Jesus tradition. Discovered in the twentieth century, the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas is an important early text whose origins and place in the history of Christianity continue to be subjects of debate. Aiming to relocate the Thomasine community in the wider context of early Christianity, this study considers the Gospel of Thomas as a bridge between the oral and literary phases of the Christian movement. It will therefore, be useful for Religion scholars working on Biblical studies, Coptic codices, gnosticism and early Christianity.
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Wonder Beyond Belief

Wonder Beyond Belief

Stuttgart: Kreuz, 2005. Oliver of Paderborn, The Capture of Damietta, trans. John J. Gavigan. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1948. Pagels, Elaine, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas. New York: Random House, ...

Author: Navid Kermani

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781509514878

Category: Art

Page: 272

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What happens when one of Germany's most important writers, himself a Muslim, immerses himself in the world of Christian art? In this book, Navid Kermani is awestruck by a religion full of sacrifice and lamentation, love and wonder, the irrational and the unfathomable, the deeply human and the divine – a Christianity that today’s Christians rarely speak of so earnestly, boldly and enthusiastically. With the open-minded curiosity of a non-believer – or rather a believer in another faith – Kermani engages with Christian art in its great richness and diversity. The result is an enchanting reflection which reinvests in Christianity both its spectacular beauty and its terror. Kermani struggles with the cross, falls in love at the sight of Mary, experiences the Orthodox Mass and appreciates the greatness of St Francis. He teaches us to see the questions of our present-day lives in the pictures of old masters such as Botticelli, Caravaggio and Rembrandt – not with lectures on art history or theology, but with an intelligent eye for the essential details and the underlying relations to seemingly remote worlds, to literature and to mystical Islam. Kermani's poetic school of seeing draws us in as we are carried along by his unique perspective on Christianity, rekindling our interest in great art at the same time. We are captivated by his unique and brilliant Islamic reading of the West.
Categories: Art

Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling

Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling

on Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas Dr. Elaine Pagels is one of the leading scholars of the so-called “Gnostic gospels,” the accounts of Jesus' life and times that were not included in the canonical New Testament.

Author: Maureen E. Fiedler

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781596271333

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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This collection of lively Q&A interviews with key contemporary female religious leaders focuses not only on the discrimination faced by some of the most important women in religion, but documents the emerging leadership of women in several faith traditions.
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A Commentary on the Gospel of Thomas

A Commentary on the Gospel of Thomas

Hidden Sayings. London: SPCK. *Myszor. See under Dembska. *Nordsieck Reinhard. 2004. Das Thomasevangelium. Neukirchen: NeukirchenerVerlag. Pagels, Elaine. 2003. Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, New York: Random House.

Author: Petr Pokorný

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9780567166609

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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This commentary is opened by a study offering information about all aspects of the Gospel of Thomas, especially about its relation to other texts of early Christian literature, including the canonical Gospels. The successive commentary is based upon the Coptic version and discusses also all fragments of the original Greek text. The volume is divided into two parts: The first discusses the function of each logion (saying) within the frame of piety and theology of the Thomasine group, for which the Gospel is composed; The second part discusses its literary shape and its history, including its relation to the historical Jesus. The result is a portrait of the Gospel as a radical interpretation of Jesus' heritage, still preserving some forgotten features of his teaching.
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Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas

Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas

Pagels, E., 'Exegesis of Genesis 1 in the Gospels of Thomas and John,' JBL 118 (1999) pp. 477—496. Pagels, E., Beyond Belief' The Secret Gospel of Thomas (New York: Vintage Books, 2003). Parry M., The Making of Homeric Verse: The ...

Author: April D. DeConick

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780567043320

Category: Religion

Page: 290

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Explores tough questions that have occupied scholars since the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas in the sands of Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in the 1940's. Where did this gospel come from? When was it written? Who wrote it? Why was it composed? What is its meaning? This book examines these issues.
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Jesus Gnosis and Dogma

Jesus  Gnosis and Dogma

For example, in Elaine Pagels' book Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, published in 2003, she does not pay attention to this difference.30 She describes how, in the first centuries of our era, various interpretations of Jesus' ...

Author: Riemer Roukema

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567615855

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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In Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma Roukema investigates and assesses the various views of Jesus in early Christianity, basing his approach on a distinction between historical and theological statements about Jesus. Historical statements can be arrived at through a critical study of the earliest records, although Roukema recognizes that scholars differ widely here. Theological statements about Jesus are to do with what has been and is believed about him. Roukema demonstrates that Gnostic traditions about Jesus mostly derive from the earlier traditions preserved in the New Testament writings and do not give a more accurate view of the historical Jesus. He shows that the view of Jesus as the divine Lord (Yahweh) and Son of God is inspired by an early Jewish pattern that was exploited by the very first Christians. In spite of some later dogmatic precisions, there is more continuity between the New Testament picture of Jesus and the Nicene creed than between the historical Jesus and the Jesus of early Gnosticism. Even the essence of the Trinitarian dogma appears to have Jewish roots.
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The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas

The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas

10 The connection with Matthew's Gospel is made tentatively in E.H. Pagels, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (New York: Random House, 2003), 47, and more forcefully in Walls, 'References to Apostles', 269; T.V. Smith, ...

Author: Simon Gathercole

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107009042

Category: Bibles

Page: 322

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This groundbreaking study argues that the Gospel of Thomas was written in Greek and influenced by New Testament writings.
Categories: Bibles