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September 22 Provost Lecture: Elaine Pagels

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elainepagelsThe Cultural Impact of the Book of Revelation
Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and a prolific author. The Gnostic Gospels (1979), an analysis of early Christian manuscripts unearthed in Egypt, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, and was chosen by The Modern Library as one of the 100 best books of the 20th century. Adam, Eve and the Serpent (1988) explores the Genesis creation stories and their role in the development of sexual attitudes in the West—as well as the conviction that “all men are created equal.” The Origin of Satan (1995) followed two tragic events in Pagels’ life and addresses the many ways in which religion has given imaginative form to what is invisible. Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (2007), co-authored with Karen King, is the first book to illustrate how the newly discovered Gospel of Judas sheds light on how Jesus’ followers understood his death. For more information, visit the Humanities Institute.

This lecture will be held on Wednesday, September 22, at 4:30 pm, in the Humanities Building, Room 1006.

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