This volume places in synoptic form parallel texts from Nag Hammadi and from the Bible. This will enable scholars of Coptic Gnosticism, as well as scholars concerned with early Christian biblical interpretation, to make the comparisons necessary to determine relationships and what dependence, if any, there may be between these two bodies of material. This volume should facilitate the discussion concerning the origin, antiquity, and relationship of Gnosticism to Christianity.
The volume also contains an extensive bibliography of materials relevant to this topic. Finally, a Scripture index will make it possible for the reader to find quickly any desired passage.
Craig A. Evans, Ph.D. (1983) in Religion, Claremont Graduate School, is Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. He has published studies in Gnosticism and the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, including Life of Jesus Research: An Annotated Bibliography (Brill, 1989).
Robert L. Webb, Ph.D. (1990) in New Testament, University of Sheffield, is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and New Testament Literature at Canadian Theological Seminary, Regina, Canada. He has published on life-of-Jesus research and synoptic Gospels.
Richard A. Wiebe, M.A. (Biblical Studies, 1980), M.A. (Library Science, 1981), is Assistant Librarian at Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, Canada.
'Nous considérons comme un événement dans l'édition scientifique et religieuse la publication de cette magnifique synopse...le soin a mis pour la composition de cette synopse qui est non seulement remarquablement imprimée, mais aussi agréable à consulter.'
Jean Borel, Connaissance des Religions, 1994.
'This volume will be of great use not only to scholars and students of Gnosticism but also to those interested in the history of biblical interpretation. It deserves a place on the shelves of every research library.'
Birger A. Pearson, Religious Studies Review, 1995.
All those interested in the function of biblical literature in the Nag Hammadi Library, the relationship of the biblical writings to Gnosticism, and the history of interpretative traditions.