Elaine Pagels | Literature Criticism Critical Review by B. Cobbey Crisler

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Critical Review by B. Cobbey Crisler

SOURCE: "Gnostic 'Books'," in The Christian Science Monitor, December 3, 1979, p. B6.

In the following review, Crisler describes The Gnostic Gospels as a lucid history of the Gnostic movement.

The shattering of two ancient jars, one in December, 1945, near Nag Hammadi in Egypt and the other, almost a year later, in a Dead Sea cave, still reverberates in the alcoves of Biblical scholarship.

Although the extraordinary manuscript discoveries in the Dead Sea area have been widely examined, published, and commented upon (with certain notable exceptions), the "gnostic" library found hidden in the Nag Hammadi jar remained "for eyes only", (except for the "Gospel of Thomas") among scholarly initiates until the end of 1977. Then the 52 tractates in 13 codices appeared in a full facsimile edition and a simultaneous English edition, both under the general supervision...

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