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Title:
Beyond belief : the secret Gospel of Thomas
Author:
Pagels, Elaine H., 1943-
Personal Author:
Edition:
[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
New York : Random House Large Print, [2004]

©2003
Physical Description:
467 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
Summary:
[This book] explores how Christianity began by tracing its earliest texts, including the secret Gospel of Thomas, rediscovered in Egypt in 1945.... [The author explores] historical and archeological sources to investigate what Jesus and his teachings meant to his followers before the invention of Christianity as we know it.... [She] compares such sources as Thomas' gospel ... with the canonic texts to show how Christian leaders chose to include some gospels and exclude others from the collections we have come to know as the New Testament. To stabilize the emerging Christian church in times of devastating persecution, the church fathers constructed the canon, creed, and hierarchy--and, in the process, suppressed many of its spiritual resources. -Dust jacket.
Language:
English
Contents:
From the feast of Agape to the Nicene Creed -- Gospels in conflict: John and Thomas -- God's word or human words? -- The canon of truth and the triumph of John -- Constantine and the Catholic church.
ISBN:
9780375433429
Format :
Book