The writings of Elaine Pagels are possibly the most substantial contribution to the advancement of modern Gnostic studies. Her seminal book, the award-winning and chronic bestseller The Gnostic Gospels, awoke a global interest in Gnosticism across all spectrums. The Gnostic Gospels is widely considered an essential reference companion or at least primer to any Nag Hammadi library involvement. Her also popular work, Beyond Belief, is regarded as one of the most impacting efforts involving the Gospel of Thomas (as well as the esoteric spectrum of the Gospel of John). And in between, Pagels’ other publications have cast a bright sunlight on mainstream awareness concerning alternative Christianity. She joins Aeon Byte to offer her insights on Gnosticism (and why it probably never existed), various shades of heretical literature including the Gospel of Judas, and a tireless career to grant a voice to the ancient counterculture Christians who offered mystics options for soul liberation. Lastly, we surprise you with other revelations concerning the world of Gnostic studies.
Astral Guest-- Elaine Pagels, author of The Gnostic Gospels, The Gnostic Paul: Gnostic Exegesis of the Pauline Letters, Adam, Eve and the Serpent, The Origin of Satan, and Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, as well as Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion, Princeton University, New Jersey.
Elaine's Wikipedia entry