Adam, Eve, and the Serpent. Elaine Pagels. Reviewed by Frank Thomas Smith. In The Gnostic Gospels, reviewed in Number 2 of Southern Cross Review. It’s clear from reading this early work by Elaine Pagels why she has become In Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, Pagels traces the interpretation of Genesis In this provocative masterpiece of historical scholarship Elaine Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, Part 36, Page

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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: It also explained how the Catholic Church understood Original Anv and the implications of this. It was also becoming clear that while the vision of Revelation might some day become real, it wasn’t going to happen in the immediately foreseeable future.

It may be that Augustine and his supporters have a great deal to answer for. Augustine also misinterpreted some of Paul’s writings. Finally finished this one for the book group.

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Is human nature mostly good or mostly bad? I would absolutely agree we see the impact of it every day in western culture. Her works show the canonical and non-canonical early religious texts to be human quests for the divine and the ineffable very much like my own spiritual questions and reflections and serprnt not only be human endeavors, but by virtue o Ms. Any scholarly author who has ever tried to do that will recognize the brilliance of her achievement.

Her findings were published in the bestselling book, The Gnostic Gospels, an analysis of 52 early Christian manuscripts that were unearthed in Egypt. Pagels at the end of her work notes that “In the present book, I set out to see how Christians have interpreted the creation accounts of Genesis.


Well-educated people wanting to understand sex and sin. Gnostic Improvisations on Genesis.

Adam, Eve, and the Serpent: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity

Her book is continuously rewarding and illuminating. Pagels has managed in the brief space of or so pages to tell the tale with remarkable clarity and understanding. THe focus of the articles is how the interpretation of the first few chapters of Genesis the two creation stories evolved in early Christianity and how this interpretation exemplified larger trends in the evolution of Christian thought as it moved from a persecuted sect to state religion.

Some scholars, especially liberal ones, have questioned whether Paul really wrote all the Epistles attributed to him.

It was intimately bound up with a society and a government which it had previously viewed as corrupt and wicked. Probably the most backward student in an elementary health class has a better understanding of the mechanics of human sexuality than did the most learned person cited by Pagels. Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: It is frustrating to read, because the realization comes that so much of this discussion and infighting formed ideologies that are clung to today, thousands thd years later.

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It is not very readable unless you are mildly familiar with the names of church fathers and some academic biblical studies. This course of setting oneself in opposition to civic authorities, would be in marked contrast to the beliefs that were advocated by Augustine which proved so very useful in promoting and insisting on an orthodoxy that would calcify and impede the western imagination for the next 1, years.


In the nineteenth century, Catholics and Protestants debated about the nature of the early church in order to demonstrate the continuity pagesl their beliefs with early Christianity.

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Yet women will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty. It is curious that Pagels does not mention this passage from Pagls. Oct 11, The rated it really liked it.

See and discover other items: Augustine and indeed Saint Jerome who was not pageps tampering with the text of the Bible in order to further his belief system were, as Pagels demonstrates, able to seize the high road in their attempts to create a more highly codified Catholic church due in in large part to the stance that they took on human freedom with differed markedly with the Christian church that existed prior to the conversion of Constantine. Pagels unpeels this onion.


Pagels Vintage Books- Religion – pages 10 Reviews https: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Buy the selected items together This item: Humanity is sick, suffering, and helpless, irreparably damaged by the fall, for that ‘original sin,’ Augustine insists, involved nothing else than adam’s prideful attempt to anv his own autonomous self-government. I had to put it down, for I do not wish to expend mental energy by getting angry.