The Origin of Satan

The Origin of Satan

by Elaine Pagels
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The Origin of Satan by Elaine Pagels

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307807366
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/12/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 347,641
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of Reading Judas, The Gnostic Gospels—winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award—and the New York Times bestseller Beyond Belief. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Origin of Satan 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Completely illustrates Christianity in such a way that you read the information and draw your own conclusions as to the meaning behind the message. Powerful! I recommend this book to anyone of any faith or lack of becuase the information is so interesting. Simply an AWESOME BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an avid reader of Christian history, I read this book to help me get an understanding of Christianity¿s central enemy. In Pagels¿ book, she gives a detailed explanation of Satan¿s origins from the New Testament, but I admit I did not understand a lot of what she was talking about when she used numerous non-canon texts of Gnosticism. Granted, these texts give a non-standard description of Satan, the average reader would not comprehend what she was talking about when referring to books other than the four canon gospels. I suppose I should have read up on that, considering that Pagels is one of the leading scholars in the Gnostic gospels, to which she devoted an entire book to the subject. My suggestion is to read up on Gnosticism before divulging into The Origin of Satan, or you may get confused when dealing with some of the information in Pagels¿ book. That does not degrade this book in anyway. The information presented is excellent and vastly informative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A concise examination of the cultural development and presence of the devil's modern image. Great scholarship on Satan's family tree, but the book could delve more deeply into the emotions aroused by him. They, too, effect history. I recommend reading this in conjunction with Pagel's Adam, Eve & the Serpent.
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This exhausting account of Biblical devils puts him behind you.
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CCANCELL More than 1 year ago
Not sure what to think of it. Didn't enlightened me.