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Adam,, Eve, and the Serpent

Pagels, Elaine

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ISBN 10: 0297793268 / ISBN 13: 9780297793267
Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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This is a hard cover book with brown cloth covered boards. Gilded titling on spine. Dust jacket is unclipped. Chapter headings include: "The Kingdom of God is At Hand"; Christians against the Roman order; Gnostic improvements on Genesis; The "Paradise of Virginity" regained; The Politics of Paradise; The Nature of Nature. Professional book dealer since 1975. All orders are processed promptly and packaged with the utmost care. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 029407

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Title: Adam,, Eve, and the Serpent

Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First English Edition

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Deepens and refreshes our view of early Christianity while casting a disturbing light on the evolution of the attitudes passed down to us.  How did the early Christians come to believe that sex was inherently sinful? When did the Fall of Adam become synonymous with the fall of humanity? What turned Christianity from a dissident sect that  championed the integrity of the individual and the idea of free will into the bulwark of a new imperial order—with the central belief that human beings cannot not choose to sin?  In this provocative masterpiece of historical scholarship Elaine Pagels re-creates the controversies that racked the early church as it confronted the riddles of sexuality, freedom, and sin as embodied in the story of Genesis.  And she shows how what was once heresy came to shape our own attitudes toward the body and the soul.

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"A stunning book...[that] refreshes our view of early Christianity." --Christian Science Monitor

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