Convinced that the discovery would revolutionize the traditional understanding of the origins of Christianity, I wrote my dissertation at Harvard and Oxford on the controversy between gnostic and orthodox Christianity.
After receiving her Harvard Ph D, Pagels accepted a faculty position at Barnard College, Columbia University, and she continued her research into early Christian Gnosticism, publishing a couple of technical books in the process.
Is there any good reason to think this document, or any Gnostic document, comes from the first century A. or represents early Christian beliefs from the apostolic age?
In my view, the answer is probably "no," for a whole host of reasons:1) There seem to be echoes, allusions, and partial quotations from all sorts of NT documents in Thomas-not only echoes of all four canonical Gospels but also echoes from some of the Pauline corpus, from Hebrews, and from Johannine literature.
When western scholars finally obtained access to the discoveries, Pagels was entering graduate school at Harvard.
Listen to her story: I first learned of the Nag Hammadi discoveries in 1965, when I entered the graduate program at Harvard University …
There is a danger that those who do not may be confused or misled by the popular claims.
In this article Christian History Institute seeks to show who the Gnostics were, how we know about them, what were their main writings, what they taught and what, if anything, we can learn from them.
It represents the kind of Christianity that flourished in Syria by at least the last part of the first century.Gnostics did not call themselves by that name and there were many variations of what we now call Gnosticism.While some forms were completely unrelated to Christianity, others considered themselves a higher type of Christian.It may have even been written as early as the Synoptic Gospels.In this Gospel Jesus performs no miracles or healings, there is no link to or claim that Jesus fulfills prophesy, and there is no passion or resurrection narrative.has received the National Book Award and has become the leading work regarding the Nag Hammadi texts discovered in 1945, and Pagels is recognized as a preeminent authority on these Coptic language, gnostic flavored texts.