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Which Jesus? The Newly Discovered Gospel of Thomas Challenges the Cannon

Course-wide Lecture, Fall 2004

by Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religon at Princeton University

Professor Elaine Pagels delivered the Fall 2004 Contemporary Civilization Lecture, entitled "Which Jesus? The Newly Discovered Gospel of Thomas Challenges the Cannon." The lecture was delivered on Friday, October 15, at 11:00 am, in Roone Arledge Auditorium.

Elaine Pagels, the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University, is the author of many works-- most recently, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, published in 2003, which was a New York Times bestseller for 19 weeks and nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Pagels as also authored The Origin of Satan (1995), and Adam, Eve and the Serpent (1987), as well as the critically acclaimed Gnostic Gospels (1980), which was selected as the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award.

Professor Pagels was a recipient of a MacArthur Prize from 1980-1985, and has also received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton.

The Contemporary Civilization Coursewide Lecture series was established in 1999. Two lectures sponsored by the Dean of the College are given each year; one in the spring and one in the fall. Additional information about the CC Coursewide Lecture series is available on the Core Curriculum Web site.