Pagels was a graduate student in the classics and Greek language, history and literature at Stanford in the mid-1960s and early '70s. Now 59, she looks back at being in the right place and time to be afforded a rare opportunity: To study the newly available Nag Hammadi texts. Along with the Dead Sea Scrolls, they are the only existing writings about Jesus's life other than those in the New Testament.
The Dead Sea Scrolls are from around the time of Jesus but they are not "writings about Jesus's life" and they do not mention him. The article should also say that Pagels did her doctoral work on the Nag Hammadi texts at Harvard.