Birger A. Pearson is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. (October 2003)

IN THE REVIEW

The Other Christians

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas

by Elaine Pagels
In 1897 two British scholars, B.P. Grenfell and A.S. Hunt, excavated an ancient garbage dump at the site of the Greco-Roman town of Oxyrhynchus in Egypt (modern el-Bahnasa), and discovered the largest cache of ancient papyri ever found anywhere. Publication of these papyri began in 1897 and is still going …