Origin of Satan How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics

ISBN-10: 0679731180

ISBN-13: 9780679731184

Edition: 1996

Authors: Elaine Pagels
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Description: From the religious historian whose The Gnostic Gospels won both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award comes a dramatic interpretation of Satan and his role on the Christian tradition. With magisterial learning and the elan of a born storyteller, Pagels turns Satan's story into an audacious exploration of Christianity's shadow side, in which the gospel of love gives way to irrational hatreds that continue to haunt Christians and non-Christians alike. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/30/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship best known for her studies and writing on the Gnostic Gospels. Pagels graduated from Stanford University receiving a B.A. in 1964 and an M.A. in 1965. She received a Ph.D in religion from Harvard University in 1970. She is the author of The Gnostic Gospels (1979), which won the National Book Award (Religion 1980) and the National Book Critics Circle Award (Criticism 1979). Pagels is also the author of Adam, Eve and the Serpent (1988), The Origin of Satan (1995), Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (2003), Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (2007), and Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (2012).

Introduction
The Gospel of Mark and the Jewish War
The Social History of Satan: From the Hebrew Bible to the Gospels
Matthew's Campaign Against the Pharisees: Deploying the Devil
Luke and John Claim Israel's Legacy: The Split Widens
Satan's Earthly Kingdom: Christians Against Pagans
The Enemy Within: Demonizing the Heretics
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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