The Coptic Gnostic Library Online is now available on our new platform, Scholarly Editions, in a completely new design, and with enhanced search options throughout the entire publication. Brill's Scholarly Editions is designed to provide an uninterrupted reading experience and to display parallel texts side by side. From 1 January 2022 onwards, the parallel run will end and the Coptic Gnostic Library Online will only be accessible on Brill's Scholarly Editions platform.
The Coptic Gnostic Library is the only authoritative edition of many of the Coptic writings of the Gnostics from the first centuries AD. It was originally published by Brill in fourteen hardback volumes as part of the Nag Hammadi (and Manichaean) Studies series between 1975 and 1995, under the general editorship of James M. Robinson.
The Coptic Gnostic Library contains all the texts of the Nag Hammadi codices, both in the original Coptic and in translation. Each text has its own introduction, and full indexes are provided. The Coptic Gnostic Library is the starting point for all research into ancient Gnosticism. It is the result of decades of dedicated research by the most distinguished international scholars in this field.
The Coptic Gnostic Library continues where the Dead Sea Scrolls left off. Our main sources of information for the Gnostic religion are the so-called Nag Hammadi codices, written in Coptic. These were 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 considered equally significant as the Dead Sea Scrolls themselves, bringing to light a long-hidden wealth of information and insights into early Judaism and the roots of Christianity. Furthermore, these writings clearly show that the Gnostic religion was not only a force that interacted with early Christianity and Judaism in their formative periods, but also a significant religious movement in its own right.
Features and Benefits - Online edition of the original 14 hardback Nag Hammadi Codices
- Complete and unabridged
- Facing Coptic texts and English translations, Introductions, Notes, and Indexes
- Instant and fully searchable access to the equivalent of more than 5,000 pages of print.
James M. Robinson † was Professor Emeritus of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California
Einar Thomassen obtained his Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews in 1982, and has been Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Bergen since 1993, teaching widely on the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world and the Near East, early Christianity, Islam and methodology. Gnosticism and Nag Hammadi have always been at the centre of his scholarly interests. His publications include Le Traité Tripartite (1989) and numerous articles and books about Gnosticism and ancient religions generally, such as The Spiritual Seed: The Church of the “Valentinians” (Brill: 2006). He is also a major contributor to standard translations of the Nag Hammadi Library. Besides writing and editing individual books he was also the managing editor for Brill’s Numen journal from 2000 to 2008 and is currently the series editor (with Johannes van Oort) of Brill’s Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies monograph series.