The Gnostic Gospels

By Elaine Pagels

A provocative learn of the gnostic gospels and the area of early Christianity as published throughout the Nag Hammadi texts.

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S. A. , and utilized by permission. Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co. : Excerpts from Tertullian, Iranaeus and Hippolytus. Reprinted from The Ante Nicene Fathers by way of permission of the Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co. , Grand Rapids, Michigan. Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. : Excerpts from The Nag Hammadi Library via James M. Robinson. Copyright © 1977 through E. J. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands. Reprinted by way of permission of E. J. Brill and Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc. Harvard collage Press: Excerpts from Clement and Ignatius, within the Apostolic Fathers, 1912, The Loeb Classical Library, translated via Kirsopp Lake.

Pagels, “The Demiurge and his Archons: A Gnostic View of the Bishop and Presbyters? ” in Harvard Theological evaluate sixty nine. 3–4 (1976) 301–324. 1. Cf. N. A. Dahl, “The Gnostic reaction: The Ignorant Creator,” documentation ready for the Nag Hammadi part of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual assembly, 1976. 2. Hypostasis of the Archons 86. 27–94. 26, in NHL 153–158. notice that the quotation is conflated from separate variations of the tale in 86. 27–87. four and ninety four. 19–26; a 3rd happens within the similar textual content at ninety four.

24 Luke, too, exhibits that even if many others had identified Jesus, or even had witnessed his resurrection, “the 11” by myself held the location of reputable witnesses—and accordingly turned professional leaders of the complete group. Luke relates that Peter, performing as spokesman for the crowd, proposed that considering the fact that Judas Iscariot had defected, a 12th guy may still now “take the place of work” that he vacated, restoring the crowd as “the twelve. ”25 yet to obtain a percentage within the disciples’ authority, Peter declared that he needs to be one of many males who've followed us in the course of forever that the Lord Jesus went out and in between us, starting from the baptism of John till the day he was once taken up from us—one of those males needs to develop into with us a witness to his resurrection.

The bulk followed as an alternative the location of Clement’s serious and provincial modern, Tertullian: it isn't authorized for a lady to talk within the church, neither is it authorized for her to coach, nor to baptize, nor to supply [the eucharist], nor to assert for herself a percentage in any masculine function—least of all, in priestly workplace. ninety three Their consensus, which governed out Clement’s place, has persevered to dominate nearly all of Christian church buildings: approximately 2,000 years later, in 1977, Pope Paul VI, Bishop of Rome, declared girl can't be a clergyman “because our Lord used to be a man”!

Quispel, W. until eventually, Y. ‘Abd al Masih, The Gospel based on Thomas: Coptic textual content verified and Translated (Leiden/New York, 1959). fifty three. The Facsimile variation of the Nag Hanmiadi Codices, Codices I–XIII (Leiden, 1972). For dialogue, see J. M. Robinson, “The Facsimile variation of the Nag Hammadi Codices,” in Occasional Papers of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, four (Claremont, 1972). fifty four. C. Colpe, Die religionsgeschichtliche Schule: Darstellung und Kritik ihres Bildes von gnostischen Erlösermythus (Göttingen, 1961).

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