Drawing upon evidence from the gnostic exegesis of paul including several nag hammadi texts the author examines how gnostic exegetes cite and interpret key passages in the letters they consider pauline 1 2 corinthians galatians ephesians philippians colossians and hebrews. The gnostic paul is a book by elaine pagels a scholar of gnosticism and professor of religion at princeton university in the work pagels considers each of the non pastoral pauline epistles and questions about their authorship . This gnostic interpretation of the pauline letters provides among many other things a framework to reconcile the old and new testaments it has been argued that it is heresy and an exercise in wish fulfillment selectively choosing whom paul intended as the audience on a case by case basis and completely ignoring acts and the pastoral letters in order to support the gnostic position. Note citations are based on reference standards however formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study the specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher classroom teacher institution or organization should be applied. The gnostic paul gnostic exegesis of the pauline letters preparing the books to read every day is enjoyable for many people however there are still many people who also dont like reading
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