Intro Religions Slide 5 Gnostic Gospels Pagels aw

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Gnostic Gospels, Pagels
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Early Christian texts How the New Testament scriptures ( Canon ) were decided: Emic understanding: Jesus of Nazareth traveled and taught across ancient Palestine for three years before being put to death by the Roman empire; everyone interpreted Jesus’ teachings in exactly the same way; differences in interpretation only arose much later, after many centuries had past Etic view: early on, there were very different understandings of what Jesus of Nazareth was said to have taught (i.e., many different “Gospels”) First 300 years Council of Nicea, Constantine, 325 CE, Orthodox vs. heterodox Why did it take so long? Common process in many religions
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Gospels and Gnostic Gospels Time line Thomas 68 CE Mark 70 CE Matthew 80 CE Luke 85 CE John 92 CE Infancy Gospel of Thomas 150 CE Mary 220 CE Nag Hammadi – 1945 Egypt Peasants unearth clay jars containing leather bound manuscripts
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