Summary of Elaine Pagels' Argument from What Became of God the Mother (180 words)

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Summarize Elaine Pagels’ argument as presented in “What Became of God the Mother?” You should put Pagels’ overall argument into your own words in order to demonstrate that you understand her main point and her line of thought. Being able to identify and articulate scholars’ writings will help you determine their relevance to primary texts (and other data) as well as their relationship to the larger themes of the course.

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Elaine Pagels disputes the commonly held idea throughout most monotheistic religion that God is male. In Christianity, God is viewed as exclusively male. The prayer “Our Father” specifically refers to God in the masculine form. In Judaism, God is almost always referred to as “He” or when sex is not mentioned, as “Yahweh”, “Adonai,” or “Hashem.”...

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