The Resource Beyond belief : the secret Gospel of Thomas, Elaine Pagels

Beyond belief : the secret Gospel of Thomas, Elaine Pagels

Label
Beyond belief : the secret Gospel of Thomas
Title
Beyond belief
Title remainder
the secret Gospel of Thomas
Statement of responsibility
Elaine Pagels
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
[This book] explores how Christianity began by tracing its earliest texts, including the secret Gospel of Thomas, rediscovered in Egypt in 1945 ... [The author explores] historical and archeological sources to investigate what Jesus and his teachings meant to his followers before the invention of Christianity as we know it ... [She] compares such sources as Thomas' gospel ... with the canonic texts to show how Christian leaders chose to include some gospels and exclude others from the collections we have come to know as the New Testament. To stabilize the emerging Christian church in times of devastating persecution, the church fathers constructed the canon, creed, and hierarchy--and, in the process, suppressed many of its spiritual resources.-Dust jacket
Summary
Spurred by personal tragedy, Elaine Pagels turns to a consideration of the Gnostic Gospels--in particular, the Gospel of Thomas. Pagels believes that Thomas's words lead to a more open, welcoming, and equitable kind of Christianity. If Beyond belief is at odds with conservative theological certainties, it nonetheless speaks to Jesus's humanity--and to our own
Tone
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2003
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158682
Cataloging source
DLC
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1943-
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Pagels, Elaine H.
Dewey number
229/.8
Index
index present
LC call number
BS2860.T52
LC item number
P34 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Christianity
  • Christianity
Target audience
adult
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the secret Gospel of Thomas
Label
Beyond belief : the secret Gospel of Thomas, Elaine Pagels
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ch. 5.
  • Constantine and the Catholic Church
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • The Gospel of Thomas
  • Index
  • ch. 1.
  • From the feast of Agape to the Nicene Creed
  • ch. 2.
  • Gospels in conflict : John and Thomas
  • ch. 3.
  • God's word or human words?
  • ch. 4.
  • The canon of truth and the triumph of John
Control code
ocm50913545
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9780375501562
Lccn
2002036840
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)50913545
Label
Beyond belief : the secret Gospel of Thomas, Elaine Pagels
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ch. 5.
  • Constantine and the Catholic Church
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • The Gospel of Thomas
  • Index
  • ch. 1.
  • From the feast of Agape to the Nicene Creed
  • ch. 2.
  • Gospels in conflict : John and Thomas
  • ch. 3.
  • God's word or human words?
  • ch. 4.
  • The canon of truth and the triumph of John
Control code
ocm50913545
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9780375501562
Lccn
2002036840
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)50913545

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