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    • The Origin of Satan

    • How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics
    • By: Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Who is Satan in the New Testament, and what is the evil that he represents? In this groundbreaking book, Elaine Pagels, Princeton's distinguished historian of religion, traces the evolution of Satan from its origins in the Hebrew Bible, where Satan is at first merely obstructive, to the New Testament, where Satan becomes the Prince of Darkness, the bitter enemy of God and man, evil incarnate. In The Origin of Satan, Pagels shows that the four Christian gospels tell two very different stories.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • well organized and thorough

    • By Tibber on 07-20-15

    Regular price: $17.96

    • Why Religion?

    • A Personal Story
    • By: Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated by: Eunice Wong
    • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Why is religion still around in the 21st century? Why do so many still believe? And how do various traditions still shape the way people experience everything from sexuality to politics, whether they are religious or not? In Why Religion? Elaine Pagels looks to her own life to help address these questions. Drawing upon the perspectives of neurologists, anthropologists, and historians, as well as her own research, Pagels opens unexpected ways of understanding persistent religious aspects of our culture.

    Regular price: $23.95

    • The Gnostic Gospels

    • By: Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
    • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Gnostic Gospels provides engaging listening for those seeking a broader perspective on the early development of Christianity. Author and noted scholar Elaine Pagels suggests that Christianity could have developed quite differently if Gnostic texts had become part of the Christian canon.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The other side of Jesus

    • By Laura on 05-19-06

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Revelations

    • Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation
    • By: Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged anall-out war against Rome’s occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God’s judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Revealing "Revelations"

    • By Diane on 05-13-12
    • Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation
    • By: Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Release date: 03-06-12
    • 4 out of 5 stars 349 ratings

    Regular price: $24.50

    • Beyond Belief

    • The Secret Gospel of Thomas
    • By: Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 367
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    Spurred by personal tragedy, Elaine Pagels turns to a consideration of the Gnostic Gospels, in particular, the Gospel of Thomas. As opposed to the Gospel of John, which asserted that Jesus was an eternally existing aspect of God who came to earth to save humankind, the "secret" Gospel of Thomas agrees that Jesus was in some sense divine, but says that a streak of divinity can be found in all of us.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gospel of Thomas is somewhat a misnomer

    • By Buford on 06-08-04

    Regular price: $23.93

    • The Gospel of Thomas

    • A New Vision of the Message of Jesus
    • By: Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated by: Elaine Pagels
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Millions of readers have turned to Elaine Pagels for her clear and insightful books about the Gnostic Gospels, the teachings of Jesus that have been lost for centuries. Sounds True is proud to present the first widely available audio recording of this extraordinary scholar as she explores the text that has changed the way many of us think about the message of Christ: The Gospel of Thomas.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting lecture

    • By Drayton on 03-05-06

    Regular price: $13.97

    • Beyond Belief

    • The Secret Gospel of Thomas
    • By: Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Abridged
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    Elaine Pagels, one of the world's most important writers and thinkers on religion and history, and winner of the National Book Award for her groundbreaking work The Gnostic Gospels, now reflects on what matters most about spiritual and religious exploration in the 21st century. This bold new book explores how Christianity began by tracing its earliest texts, including the secret Gospel of Thomas, rediscovered in Egypt in 1945.

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Reading Judas

    • The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity
    • By: Elaine Pagels, Karen L. King
    • Narrated by: Justine Eyre, Robertson Dean
    • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 115
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    Two celebrated scholars illustrate how the newly discovered Gospel of Judas provides a window into understanding how Jesus' followers understood his death, why Judas betrayed Jesus, and why God allowed it. Presented with the elegance, insight, and accessibility that has made Pagels and King the leading voices in this field, this is a book for academics and popular audiences alike.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent scholarship, easy to understand

    • By Barbara on 03-24-07

    Regular price: $19.60