Books by Elaine Pagels

WHY RELIGION? by Elaine Pagels
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"A meaningful tale of pain and hope on the edges of faith."
A famed religious scholar's poignant life story. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2012

"Scholarly but widely accessible, the book provides a solid introduction to the one book of the New Testament that claims to be divinely inspired."
Multidimensional reading of "the strangest book in the Bible—and the most controversial." Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2003

"A thoughtful and rewarding essay, as we've come to expect from Pagels, and sure to arouse fundamentalist ire."
One person's hagiography is another's heresy, observes biblical scholar Pagels, though that hasn't stopped generations of Christians from trying to reduce the faith to "a single, authorized set of beliefs." Read full book review >
THE ORIGIN OF SATAN by Elaine Pagels
Released: June 1, 1995

"An attractive and scholarly, if not entirely satisfying, presentation of a stimulating thesis."
An NBCC and National Book Awardwinning scholar of Gnosticism and early Christianity argues that the concept of Satan was central to the way apocalyptic Jews and the Christian Church saw—and treated—their enemies. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 26, 1979

"Otherwise a clear, reliable, richly documented guide."
A fine thematic introduction to gnosticism, concentrating on the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi (Upper Egypt) in 1945. Read full book review >