by Elaine Pagels
A provocative study of the gnostic gospels and the world of early Christianity as revealed through the Nag Hammadi texts.
“The first major and eminently readable book on gnosticism benefiting from the discovery in 1945 of a collection of Gnostic Christian texts at Nag Hammadi in Egypt.”
–The New York Times Book Review
Winner 1979 – National Book Critics Circle Awards