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
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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Contents

The Prayer of The Apostle Paul 11
27
The Gospel of Truth 13 and XII2
38
The Treatise on the Resurrection 14
55
The Tripartite Tractate 15
65
The Apocryphon of John II1 III1 IV1 and BG 85022
104
The Gospel of Thomas 112
124
The Gospel of Philip I13
139
The Hypostasis of the Archons 114
161
The Thunder Perfect Mind VI2
295
The Concept of Our Great Power V14
311
The Prayer of Thanksgiving VI 7 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 VI15
396
The Letter of Peter to Philip VIII2
431
The Thought of Norea IX2
445

On the Origin of the World II5 and XII12
170
The Exegesis on the Soul 116
190
The Book of Thomas the Contender 117
199
Eugnostos the Blessed III3 and V1 and The Sophia of Jesus
220
The Dialogue of the Savior II15
244
The First Apocalypse of James V3
260
The Apocalypse of Adam 15
277
Marsanes X1
460
A Valentinian Exposition X12 with On the Anointing
481
Allogenes X13
490
The Sentences of Sextus XII1
503
The Gospel of Mary BG 85021
523
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