Adam, Eve, and the Serpent Bibliography - Essay

Elaine Pagels


(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Brown, Peter. Augustine of Hippo. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967. Brown’s work, hailed as a definitive biography, provides a scholarly and thorough account of Augustine’s life and writings. He focuses on how Augustine’s inner transformations led him to precipitate changes in the world around him. Augustine’s explications of the Genesis story and Original Sin are well detailed, but Brown does not emphasize their impact on women as Pagels does.

Brown, Peter. The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988. A broad study of the patriarchal control of reproduction from the time of Christ to Augustine’s fifth century restatement of the idea of self-control as the necessary restraint on sexual intercourse. Brown’s strict analysis precludes any speculation about women’s experiences since he focuses solely on male attitudes toward the body.

Clark, Elizabeth. Women in the Early Church. Wilmington, Del.: Michael Glazier, 1983. Clark presents an anthology of translated excerpts from many of the writers and texts to which Pagels refers. An extensive introduction provides an overview of the role of women in early Christianity, and explanatory notes precede each section.

Grant, Robert M. Early Christianity and Society: Seven Studies. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1977. In opposition to Pagels, who finds...

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