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Adam, Eve and the Serpent by Elaine Pagels
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Feb 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: religion
Recommended to Erik by: Elaine Pagels
Recommended for: Christians
Read in November, 1998 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Pagels was working on the material for this book when I took her course on Genesis at Union Theological Seminary in New York. My roommate and friend at the time was one of her students at Barnard College, so we got to know her and her husband personally, being invited to at least one party at their apartment.

As in her class, Pagels is clear and accessible to non-specialists. Like most of her books, except her doctoral dissertation, this one, while confined to the first centuries of the Church, deals with matters which, while ancient, are still relevant. As usual, she shows how many common assumptions about Christian belief are either too narrow, given the history of the Church and its debates, or simply wrongheaded and she manages to do so without becoming shrill.
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