The Nag Hammadi Library after Fifty Years

Proceedings of the 1995 Society of Biblical Literature Commemoration


Editors: Turner and McGuire
This volume contains 22 papers originally delivered at the Society of Biblical Literature's 1995 commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Nag Hammadi Library. Of these papers, five focus on the theme "Past, Present, and Future Research on the Nag Hammadi Codices" (J.M. Robinson, S. Emmel, B.A. Pearson, H.-M. Schenke, E.M. Yamauchi); thirteen stem from three seminars respectively devoted to the Apocryphon of John (M. Waldstein, F. Wisse, K.L. King, and S. LaPorta), the Gospel of Thomas and the Thomasine tradition (P.-H. Poirier, P.H. Sellew, J.-M. Sevrin, I. Dunderberg, S.R. Johnson, A. DeConick), and the Gospel of Philip ( E. Pagels, E. Thomassen, M. Turner); and two deal with the Valentinian school (C. Markschies, L. Painchaud & T. Janz).

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John D. Turner Ph.D. (1970), Duke University, is Cotner Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has published critical editions of six Nag Hammadi texts, and studies of Sethian Gnosticism and its relation to later Platonic philosophy. He is currently Chair of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. Anne McGuire, Ph.D. (1983), Yale University, is Associate Professor of Religion at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She has published several articles in the study of Gnosticism and Nag Hammadi and is currently completing a book on the uses of gender imagery in the Nag Hammadi texts. She is past Chair and current member of the Steering Committee of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.
' …this is an outstanding contribution to Gnostic studies, bringing together some of the most influential voices in the field and addressing several key issues in Nag Hammadi studies…a solid contribution of essays for the study of Gnosticism.' Philip L. Tite, ARC, 2001. ' This volume is an invaluable collection of material…The book provides an excellent window into the current state of Gnostic studies.' Theodore A. Bergren, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 1999.
All those interested in Gnosticism, the Nag Hammadi library, Patristics, Early Christianity, and Graeco-Roman religion and philosophy.