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Elaine Pagels

Born: Feb 13, 1943

Birthplace: Palo Alto

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Elaine Pagels

Date of Birth : Feb 13, 1943
Birth Place : Palo Alto

Elaine Pagels, nee Hiesey, is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she is best known for her studies and writing on the Gnostic Gospels. Her popular books include The Gnostic Gospels, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, The Origin of Satan, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas, Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity, and Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation.


  • Writer
  • Professor

Also known as

  • Elaine Paigels Ph. D.
  • Professor Elaine Pagels
  • Elaine H. Pagels
  • Elaine Hiesey


  • Heinz Pagels
  • Kent Greenawalt


  • Sarah Pagels DiMatteo
  • Mark Pagels
  • David V. Pagels

Awards Won

  • MacArthur Fellowship
  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism
  • National Book Award for Religion/Inspiration (Hardcover)
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