Currently alive, at 73 years of age.
1943 – Born on February 13th in California as Elaine Hiesey.
1964-1965 – Received her B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University.
1969 – Married to Heinz Pagels.
1970 – Received her PhD from Harvard University and taught at Barnard College.
1974 – Became the head of the religion department.
1979 – Her book based on her work with the Nag Hammadi scrolls, The Gnostic Gospels, sold 400,000 copies and won numerous awards and acclaim. In this book, Elaine Pagels asserts that the differences between the gnostics and the orthodox Christians was more about politics and organization than theology.
1980 – She received the National Book Award.
1982 – Pagels joined Princeton University as a professor of early Christian history. Aided by a MacArthur grant, she researched and wrote Adam, Eve, and the Serpent, which documented the shift in Christian history when Christians began to focus on a meaning of the Genesis story which stressed the sinfulness of human nature and sexuality.
1987 – Published Adam, Eve and the Serpent.
1995 – Her book, The Origin of Satan, was published and dedicated to her two children, David and Sarah.
– Pagels married Kent Greenawalt, a law professor at Columbia University.
2003 – Released her book Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas.