The Nag Hammadi Scriptures

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  • Copyright: 5/12/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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This up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the sacred Gnostic manuscripts features introductory essays, notes, tables, and more to help the reader understand the context and contemporary significance of these texts that have shed new light on early Christianity and ancient thought.

The year is 1945. At the foot of a cliff along the Nile River, near the city of Nag Hammadi, an Egyptian peasant unearths a large storage jar containing ancient manuscripts. The discovery turns out to be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the past century. A treasure of fourth-century texts, the manuscripts are the scriptures of the ancient mystical tradition commonly called Gnosticism, from the Greek gnosis, that is, secret knowledge. It is a discovery that challenges everything we thought we knew about the early Christian church, ancient Judaism, and Greco-Roman religions.

The Nag Hammadi Scriptures is the most complete and up-to-date English-language edition of these sacred texts from Egypt. It is full of treatises, testimonies, and secret books that had been lost for centuries. In addition to gospels purportedly by the apostles Thomas and Philip, and the revelations of James, Peter, and Paul, this collection also includes the Gospel of Mary and the controversial Gospel of Judas. The documents have been newly translated by a team of prominent international scholars. This volume also features introductory essays and extensive notes to help readers understand the context and significance of these texts that have revolutionized the study of early Christianity and ancient religious thought.

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The Creative 'Secret Books' of the Coptic Gnostics March 28, 2011
This textbook has a very nice historical story, Under an overhanging cliff not far from the River Nile, two brothers had been stuffing their camels' saddle bags with talus, a rock-like substance containing nitrates, which they would use back home to help fertilize their farmland. Quite by accident in December of 1945, the textbook continues; they stumbled upon a jar containing papyrus manuscripts. Afraid at first to break the sealed jar, courageous curiosity compelled them to shatter it. They carried the papyrus manuscripts home wrapped in a tunic slung over one brother's shoulder.
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