Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of Reading Judas, The Gnostic Gospels--winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award--and the New York Times bestseller Beyond Belief. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
"Arresting . . . brilliant . . . this book illuminates the angels with which we must wrestle to come to the truth of our bedeviling spritual problems." --Boston Globe
"Pagels is a wonderful writer. . . . She has a gift for bringing ancient texts alive. . . . Fascinating." --San Francisco Chronicle "Lively reading . . . a book that makes familiar concepts disturbingly fresh and provocative." --The New York Times "Pagels has achieved something important. . . . Thoughtful scholarly works that are also original and adventurous are not common. The Origin of Satan is such a work, and we should be correspondingly grateful." --New York Review of Books "Lucid and closely reasoned. . . . Pagels remains always a lively writer who discerns the human implications of esoteric texts and scholarly disputes." --Chicago Tribune