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.