In this helpful survey Pheme Perkins
- The origins of
- The search for pre-Christian
- Gnosticism and
- Gnostic materials and the sayings
- Gnosis and the Pauline
- Redeemer myths and New
- Gnostic understandings
of Jesus as heavenly revealer
- The place
of women in gnostic sects
"In Gnosticism and the New Testament a highly respected scholar presents a reliable and well-researched account of the interrelationships of Gnosticism and New Testament Christianity from their respective prehistory into the fourth century. Professor Perkins draws upon all the relevant sources and enters into dialogue with the views of numerous scholars of this and previous generations in giving us what will surely become a landmark work in the field."
— Birger A. Pearson, University of California-Santa Barbara
"A quarter century after R. McL. Wilson's Gnosis and the New Testament, Pheme Perkins has written a superb and compelling account of the history and interaction of gnostic and New Testament traditions. Thoroughly conversant with Nag Hammadi literature and its scholarship, Perkins's book is a thorough, judicious, and balanced treatment of the classic and difficult issues involved in the origins and history of Gnosticism and its place(s) in early Christianity."
— David M. Scholer, North Park College and Theological Seminary