The Nag Hammadi Library in English

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James James McConkey Robinson, Richard Smith, Coptic Gnostic Library Project
BRILL, Jan 1, 1996 - Religion - 549 pages
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First published in 1978, "The Nag Hammadi Library" was widely acclaimed by critics and scholars alike. Containing many of the writings of the Gnostics since the time of Christ, this was the work that launched modern Gnostic studies and exposed a movement whose teachings are in may ways as relevant today as they were sixteen centuries ago. Although some of the texts had appeared in other translations, the 1978 edition was the first and only translation of these ancient and fascinating manuscripts to appear in one volume. This new edition is the result of ten years of additional research, and editorial and critical work. Every translation has been changed or added to; many have been thoroughly revised. Unearthed in 1945 near the town of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt, the texts literally begin where the Dead Sea Scrolls end. Their discovery is seen as equally significant, bringing to light a long-hidden well of new information, sources, and insights into early Judaism and the roots of Christianity. Each text is accompanied by a new and expanded introduction. Also included are a revised general introduction and an afterword discussing the modern relevance of Gnosticism, from Voltaire and Blake through Melville and Yeats to Jack Kerouac and science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. The translations and introductions to the Nag Hammadi texts are by members of the Coptic Gnostic Library Project, which includes such scholars as Helmut Koester, George McRae, and Elaine Pagels.
  

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User Review  - Karleen St.Germain - Goodreads

Defiantly not a casual read, this reference is for anyone who plans on keeping an open mind about religious dogma. Read full review

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User Review  - Vrinda Pendred - Goodreads

Honestly, one of the most fascinating ancient religious texts I've ever read. Quite a lot of deep philosophy and mysticism, rather than just 'mythology'. I don't necessarily agree with it all, but I enjoyed every page. Read full review

Contents

The Prayer of The Apostle Paul I7
27
The Gospel of Truth I3 and XII2
38
The Treatise on the Resurrection 14
52
The Tripartite Tractate I5
58
The Apocryphon of John II7 III7 IV7 and BG 85022
104
The Gospel of Thomas II2
124
The Gospel of Philip 113
139
The Hypostasis of the Archons 114
161
The Thunder Perfect Mind V12
295
The Concept of Our Great Power Vl4
311
The Prayer of Thanksgiving VI7 and Scribal Note VI7a
328
The Second Treatise of the Great Seth VII2
362
The Teachings of Silvanus VII4
379
The Three Steles of Seth VII5
396
The Letter of Peter to Philip VIII2
431
The Thought of Norea IX2
445

On the Origin of the World II5 and XIII2
170
The Exegesis on the Soul II6
190
The Book of Thomas the Contender II7
199
Eugnostos the Blessed III3 and Vl and The Sophia of Jesus
220
The Dialogue of the Savior III5
244
The First Apocalypse of James V3
260
The Apocalypse of Adam V5
277
Marsanes X7
460
A Valentinian Exposition XI2 with On the Anointing
481
Allogenes XI3
490
The Sentences of Sextus XII7
503
The Gospel of Mary BG 85027
523
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James M. Robinson, consultant for this collection, is widely known for his groundbreaking contribution as the permanent secretary of UNESCO's International Committee for the Nag Hammadi codices, and his many published works on Gnostic texts and the Sayings Gospel Q.

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