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.
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 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. Now, for the first time, it is available in paperback, at a fraction of the price of the original hardback editions.
- Photomechanical paperback reprint of the original 14 hardback volumes
- Complete and unabridged: 5 volumes, totaling approximately 5.000 pages
- Facing Coptic texts and English translations, Introductions, Notes, and Indexes
- Only available as a set
Volume 1: The Prayer of the Apostle Paul The Apocryphon of James The Gospel of Truth The Treatise on the Resurrection The Tripartite Tractate Volume 2: The Apocryphon of John The Gospel of Thomas The Gospel of Philip The Hypostasis of the Archons On the Origin of the World The Expository Treatise on the Soul The Book of Thomas the Contender The Gospel of the Egyptians Volume 3: Eugnostos the Blessed and The Sophia of Jesus Christ The Dialogue of the Savior The Apocalypse of Paul The (First) Apocalypse of James The (Second) Apocalypse of James The Apocalypse of Adam The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles The Thunder: Perfect Mind Authoritative Teaching The Concept of Our Great Power Plato, Republic 588a-589b The Prayer of Thanksgiving Scribal Note The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth Asclepius 21-29 The Gospel of Mary The Act of Peter Volume 4: The Paraphrase of Shem The Second Treatise of the Great Seth Apocalypse of Peter The Teachings of Silvanus The Three Steles of Seth Zostrianos The Letter of Peter to Philip Greek and Coptic Papyri from the Cartonnage of the Covers Volume 5: Melchizedek The Thought of Norea The Testimony of Truth Marsanes The Interpretation of Knowledge A Valentinian Exposition Allogenes Hypsiphrone The Sentences of Sextus The Gospel of Truth Trimorphic Protennoia On the Origin of the World
An indispensable tool for students and specialists in Biblical Studies, Early Christianity, Gnosticism, Coptic Studies, and Religious Studies.