Religion & Spirituality:Christianity

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9780670023349 2012 0670023345 / 9780670023349 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation A startling exploration of the history of the most controversial book of th e Bible, by the bestselling author of Beyond Belief. Through the bestselling books of Elaine Pagels, thousands of readers have c ome to know and treasure the suppressed biblical texts known as the Gnostic Gospels. As one of the world's foremost religion scholars, she has been a pioneer in interpreting these books and illuminating their place in the ear ly history of Christianity. Her new book, however, tackles a text that is f irmly, dramatically within the New Testament canon: The Book of Revelation, the surreal apocalyptic vision of the end of the world . . . or is it? In this startling and timely book, Pagels returns The Book of Revelation to its historical origin, written as its author John of Patmos took aim at th e Roman Empire after what is now known as "the Jewish War," in 66 CE. Milit ant Jews in Jerusalem, fired with religious fervor, waged an all-out war ag ainst Rome's occupation of Judea and their defeat resulted in the desecrati on of Jerusalem and its Great Temple. Pagels persuasively interprets Revela tion as a scathing attack on the decadence of Rome. Soon after, however, a new sect known as "Christians" seized on John's text as a weapon against he resy and infidels of all kinds-Jews, even Christians who dissented from the ir increasingly rigid doctrines and hierarchies. In a time when global religious violence surges, Revelations explores how often those in power throughout history have sought to force "God's enemies" to submit or be killed. It is sure to appeal to. 
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Random House Publishing Grou 1981 0394502787 / 9780394502786 Hardcover Very Good/Very Good 
The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels The Gnostic Gospels is a landmark study of the long-buried roots of Christi anity, a work of luminous scholarship and wide popular appeal. First publis hed in 1979 to critical acclaim, winning the National Book Award and the Na tional Book Critics Circle Award, The Gnostic Gospels has continued to grow in reputation and influence over the past two decades. It is now widely re cognized as one of the most brilliant and accessible histories of early Chr istian spirituality published in our time. In 1945 an Egyptian peasant unea rthed what proved to be the Gnostic Gospels, thirteen papyrus volumes that expounded a radically different view of the life and teachings of Jesus Chr ist from that of the New Testament. In this spellbinding book, renowned rel igious scholar Elaine Pagels elucidates the mysteries and meanings of these sacred texts both in the world of the first Christians and in the context of Christianity today. With insight and passion, Pagels explores a remarkable range of recently discovered gospels, including the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, to show how a variety of "Christianities" emerged at a time of extraordinary spiritual upheaval. Some Christians questioned the need for clergy and church doctrine, and taught that the divine could be discovered through spiritual search. Many others, like Buddhists and Hindus, sought enlightenment -- and access to God -- within. Such explorations raised questions: Was the resurrection to be understood symbolically and not literally? Was God to be envisioned only in masculine form, or feminine as well? Was martyrdom a necess. 
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