Elaine Pagels is a preeminent figure in the theological community whose scholarship has earned her international respect. The Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, she was awarded the Rockefeller, Guggenheim& amp; MacArthur Fellowships in three consecutive years.
As anothe young researcher at Barnard College, she changed forever the historical landscape of the Christian religion by exploding the myth of the early Christian Church as a unified movement. Her indings were published in the estselling memoir, The Gnostic Gospels, an analysis of 52 early Christian manuscripts that were uncovere in Egypt. Known collectively as the Nag Hammadi Library, the manuscripts show the pluralistic nature of the early church& amp; the role of women in developing movement. As the early church moved toward becoming an orthodox body with a canon, rites& amp; clergy, the Nag Hammadi manuscripts were suppressed& amp; deemed heretical. The Gnostic Gospels won both the Nat' l Book Critic ’ s Circle Award& amp; the Nat' l Book Award& amp; was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best books of the twentieth Century.