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The Origin of Satan by  Elaine Pagels - First Edition [stated] - 1995 - from Ground Zero Books, Ltd. (SKU: 73069)

The Origin of Satan

The Origin of Satan by  Elaine Pagels - First Edition [stated] - 1995 - from Ground Zero Books, Ltd. (SKU: 73069)
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The Origin of Satan

by Pagels, Elaine

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New York: Random House, 1995. First Edition [stated]. Hardcover. Very good/Very good. xxiii, [1], 214, [2] pages. Notes. Index. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Elaine Pagels, née Hiesey (born February 13, 1943), is an American religious historian. She is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Pagel has conducted extensive research into Early Christianity and Gnosticism. In April 1987, Pagels's son Mark died after five years of illness, and in July 1988, her husband Heinz Pagels died in a mountain climbing accident. These personal tragedies deepened her spiritual awareness and afterwards Pagels began research leading to The Origin of Satan. This book argues that the figure of Satan became a way for Jews and Christians to demonize their religious and cultural opponents, namely, pagans, other Christian sects, and Jews. 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. By showing how the sectarian demonization of the "intimate enemies"--Jews and heretics--shaped early Christianity, the book helps us to understand the power of irrational forces that still need to be confronted in contemporary society.


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Ground Zero Books, Ltd. US (US)
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The Origin of Satan
Pagels, Elaine
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First Edition [stated]
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Satan, Angels, Apocrypha, Christianity, Baptism, Genesis, Enemies, God, Jews, Jerusalem, Hebrew, Jesus, Gospel, Origen, Flavius Josephus, Justin Martyr, Morality, Paganism, Pontius Pilate, Romans, Torah

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