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Blog Post #001 (Aug 23, 2021) “While I work on these sayings, they work on me” – Elaine Pagels’s memoir

“Gnosticism and the New Testament: The Apocryphon of James (NHC 1,2) from Nag Hammadi,” in Method and Meaning: Essays on New Testament Interpretation, ed. A. McGowan and K.H. Richards, Society of Biblical Literature Press, Atlanta, GA. 2011, pp.297-311.

“John of Patmos and Ignatius of Antioch: Contrasting Visions of ‘God’s People,”  reprinted in After Satan: Essays in Honor of Neil Forsyth, ed. K. Stirling and M.D. D. de la Rochere ,Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2010.

“Elaine Pagels,” pp. 201-214 in S. Paulson, Atoms & Eden: Conversations on Religion & Science, Oxford University Press, Inc., 2010.

“Anthony’s Letters and Nag Hammadi Codex 1: Sources of Religious Conflict in Fourth-Century Egypt,” in:  Journal of Early Christian Studies Johns Hopkins University Press 18:4, 2010, 557-589.

“Baptism in the Gospel of Judas,” in: A. De Conick, ed., Codex Tchakos: Colloquium Volume, April 2009.

Introduction to new edition, translated from Coptic, of The Gnostic Scriptures: the Nag Hammadi Library, edited by Marvin Meyer, Harper and Row, San Francisco, 2007.

“The Social History of Satan, Part Three: John of Patmos and Ignatius of Antioch: Contrasting Visions of “God’s People,” in Harvard Theological Review, Fall, 2006, 99: 487-505.

“Mary Magdalene: The First Woman Apostle,” in Daniel Burstein, Secrets of Mary Magdalene:

The Untold Story of History’s Most Misunderstood Woman, Squibnocket Press: Massachusetts, 2006.

Introduction to section of book on Religion, Theurgy, and Magic in Late Antiquity, edited by Fritz Graf and Sarah Iles Johnston, Harvard University Press, 2004.

“Created Equal: Exclusion and Inclusion in the American Dream,” pamphlet published by the Fetzer Institute, winter, 2004. Also forthcoming in a volume of essays called Deepening the American Dream, to be published by Routledge & Co.

“Irenaeus, the “Canon of Truth,’ and the Gospel of John: ‘Making a Difference’ Though Hermeneutics,” in Vigiliae Christianae 56,339-371, 2002.

“Gospels in Conflict: John and Thomas,” in The Future of Religion: Perspectives for the Englesberg Seminar 2001, ed. K. Almquist, Stockholm, Sweden, pp.87-104.

“The Origin of Satan in Christian Tradition,” chapter 1 in G. Peterson, The Tanner Lectures on Human Values ,Utah, 1999, pp. 1-18.

“Exegesis of Genesis 1 in the Gospels of Thomas and John,” in the Journal of Biblical Literature 118/3, 1999, pp. 477-496.

“Gnosticism.” In book published by G. W. Bowersock, P. Brown, and O. Grabar, Late Antiquity:

A Guide to the Postclassical World, Harvard University Press, 1999, pp. 471.

Ritual in the Gospel of Philip”, in: The Nag Hammadi Library After Fifty Years: Proceedings of the 1995 Society of Biblical Literature Commemorating eds. J. Turner and A. McGuire, Brill Press, Leiden, 1997, 251-335.

“On Adam, Eve, and the Serpent” in: Talking About Genesis: A Resource Guide, ed. C. Leighton, Doubleday, 1996, 38-42.

“Introduction” to: Living Buddha, Living Christ, Riverhead Books, 1995.

“The Social History of Satan, Part II”, in: Journal of the American, Academy of Religion LXII/I, 1994, pp.17-57.

“Satan in the New Testament Gospels”, Loy Witherspoon Lecture Series, published by University of North Carolina Press, 1994.

“Augustine on Nature and Human Nature”, in: Saint Augustine the Bishop, ed. F. Le Moine and C. Kleinhenz, Garland, New York and London, 1994, pp.77-100.

“Christology in Dialogue with Gnosticism”, in: Christology in Dialogue, Pilgrim Press, Cleveland, 1993, pp. 66-80.

“The Rage of Angels”, Rage, Power, and Aggression: vol 2, The Role of Affect in Motivation, Development, and Adaptation, R.A. Glick, M.D. and S. Rouse, M.D., eds, Yale University Press, 1992, pp. 378-396.

“The Social History of Satan, the ‘Intimate Enemy’: A Preliminary Sketch”, Harvard Theological Review 84:2 ,1991, pp. 105-28.

“The ‘Mystery of Marriage’ in the Gospel of Philip Revisited”, The Future of Early Christianity, Birger A. Pearson, ed. Published by Fortress Press, 1991, pp.442-454.

“Adam and Eve and the Serpent in Genesis 1-3.” Occasional Papers 12, April, 1988, Claremont, CA, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity.

“The Origins of Sin”, New York Review of Books xxxv, 8; May 12, 1988, pp. 28-37.

Exegesis and Exposition of the Genesis Creation Account and Selected Texts from Nag Hammadi,” in Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism, and Early Christianity, Charles Hedrick and Robert Hodgson, eds. Published by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1986, pp. 257-286.

Harvard Theological Review, vol. 78:1-2, 1985, pp. 1-53.

“Christian Apologists and the Fall of the Angels: An attack on Roman Imperial Power?” Harvard Theological Review, vol. 78:3-4 ,1985, pp. 301-326.

“Adam, Eve, Christ and the Church: A Survey of Second Century Controversies Concerning Marriage.” The New Testament and Gnosis, ed. A. H. B. Logan and A.J.M. Wedderburn, T & T Clark, Ltd., 1983, 146-175.

“What Became of God the Mother? Conflicting Images of God in Early Christianity.” Reprinted in The Signs Reader, ed. E. Abel, 97-108.

Preface for M. Smith, The Secret Gospel. Dawn Horse Press, 1982.

Tractatus Tripartitus (NHC 1.4). The Coptic Encyclopedia, ed. S. Kent Brown, 1982.

The Orthodox Against the Gnostics: Confrontation and Interiority in Early Christianity.” The Other Side of God, ed. P. Berger, Doubleday, 1981.

Mary in the New Testament, Paulist Press, 1980, ed. R. Brown; I participated in the research as one member of an eight-scholar collaboration.

“Gnostic and Orthodox Views of Christ’s Passion: Paradigms of the Christian’s Response to Persecution?” The Rediscovery of Gnosticism, ed. B. Layton, Brill, 1980.

“Human Rights: Legitimizing a Recent Concept.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 442, March 1979, 57-62.

“The Round Dance of the Cross.” Parabola, April 1979.

“What Became of God the Mother? Conflicting Images of God in Early Christianity.” Signs, 2, 2,293-3 3; reprinted in Womanspirit Rising, ed. C. Christ and J. Plaskow, Harper and Row, 1979.

“The Politics of Paradise: Augustine’s Exegesis of Genesis 1-3 versus that of John Chrysostom.”

“Visions, Appearances, and Apostolic Authority: Gnostic and Orthodox Tradition.” Gnosis: Festschrift Fur Hans Jonas, ed. B. Aland, Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, G6ttingen, 1979.

“The Dialogue of the Savior: CG III,S.” Nag Hammadi and Gnosis, ed. R. McL. Wilson, Brill, Leiden, 1978.

“The Gnostic Vision.” Parabola, September, 1978.

“Basic Human Needs: The Cultural Origins of the Concept.” Aspen Institute Study on Basic Human Needs ed. H. Cleveland, 1977.

“Gnosticism,” article in: Dictionary of the Bible Supplement, published in 1976.

“The Demiurge and His Archons–A Gnostic View of the Bishop and Presbyters?” Harvard Theological Review, 69.3-4, 1976, 301-324.

“Origen’s Critique of the Prophecy/Fulfillment Schema: a Reinterpretation of Israel’s Prophets,” Festschrift volume for Professor T.H. Gaster. Journal of the Ancient Near Eastern Society, Spring, 1974.

“The Mystery of the Resurrection: a Gnostic reading of Cor. 15.” Journal of Biblical Literature, June, 1974 (93.2), 276-288.

“Conflicting versions of Valentini an Eschatology: Irenaeus’ Treatise v. The Excerpts from Theodotus.” Harvard Theological Review, January, 1974 (67.1), 35-53.

“Notes Toward A Humanizing Theology.” The Church Woman, March 1, 1972.

“Valentinian Interpretation of Baptism and Eucharist–and Its Critique of ‘Orthodox’ Sacramental Theology and Practice.” Harvard Theological Review, April, 1972 (65), 153-170.

“The Valentinian Claim to Esoteric Exegesis of Romans as Basis for Anthropological Theory.” Vigiliae Christianae, Leiden, Netherlands. December, 1972, V. 26. 4, pp. 241-258.

Book Reviews:

Introduction to: Living Buddha, Living Christ, Riverhead Books, 1995.

Reuther, Womanguides. The New York Times Book Review, April, 1985.

Fiorenza, In Memory of Her. The New York Times Book Review, April, 1985.

  1. Meeks, The First Urban Christians. The New York Review, 30, 12. July, 1983.
  2. Alter, The Art of Biblical Narrative. The New Republic, July, 1981.

A.KJ. Klijn, Seth in Jewish, Christian, and Gnostic Literature. Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1981.

  1. Donfried, The Setting of Second Clement in Early Christianity. Church History, Spring 1976.
  1. Pearson, The Psychikos-Pneumatikos Terminology in I Corinthians. Journal of Biblical Literature, June, 1975.
  1. Yamachi, Pre-Christian Gnosticism. Theological Studies, fall, 1974.
  1. Watts, In My Own Way. Real Time II, Fall, 1973.
  1. Foerster, Gnosis: Patristic Sources Theological Studies, Spring, 1973.


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