Drawing upon evidence from the gnostic exegesis of paul including several nag hammadi texts the author examines how gnostic exegetes cite and interpret key passages in the letters they consider pauline 1 2 corinthians galatians ephesians philippians colossians and hebrews. This gnostic interpretation of the pauline letters provides among many other things a framework to reconcile the old and new testaments it has been argued that it is heresy and an exercise in wish fulfillment selectively choosing whom paul intended as the audience on a case by case basis and completely ignoring acts and the pastoral letters in order to support the gnostic position. Elaine h pagels is the harrington spear paine professor of religion at princeton university she is the author of the gnostic gospels which won the national book award and the national book critics circle award the johannie gospel in gnostic exegesis adam eve and the serpent and the best selling beyond belief the secret gospel of thomas. The gnostic paul is a book by elaine pagels a scholar of gnosticism and professor of religion at princeton university in the work pagels considers each of the non pastoral pauline epistles and questions about their authorship. In this highly original work elaine pagels demonstrates how evidence from gnostic sources may challenge the assumption that paul writes his letters to combat gnostic opponents and to repudiate their claims to secret wisdom drawing upon evidence from the gnostic exegesis of paul including several nag hammadi texts the author examines how gnostic exegetes cite and interpret key passages in
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