Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Nag Hammadi Codices XI, XII, XIII (The Coptic Gnostic Library)

Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1990. First edition thus. Hardcover. Octavo. xxxiv, 566pp. Indices. Text in English, plus a parallel text in the original Coptic and English. Dark forest green cloth lettered in gilt, with publisher's device on front cover. An ex-library copy with minimal rubber stamping on title & at bottom of text block, otherwise a fine, as new copy.

The Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of thirteen ancient books (called "codices") containing over fifty texts, was discovered in upper Egypt in 1945. The 13 papyrus books (codices) turned out to contain gospels, apocalypses, prayers, liturgical writings and acts of various apostles, none of which were included in the Bible. It also includes observations and commentaries on topics such as the meaning of existence, the creation of humankind and the nature of salvation. Since their discovery these works have provoked enormous interest amongst scholars and the public alike due to the startling new light they throw on the early Christian movement. The provenance of the Nag Hammadi Codices has been a point of contention among scholars ever since they were discovered. A new book strongly supports the hypothesis that they were manufactured and read by Christian monks in the fourth and fifth centuries. (Google)

This volume presents critical editions of three of the most fragmentary codices in the Nag Hammadi Library. Their nine tractates are presented in an English translation with critically edited transcriptions of Coptic texts, including introductions and notes. A complete set of indices is provided for Coptic and Greek words, proper names, ancient texts and authors, and modern authors. The contents of these three ancient books reflect the rich diversity of the Library as a whole. They include a fragmentary (and apparently non-Christian) revelation descent narrative (Hypsiphrone); a non-Christian Sethian text reflecting heavy platonizing influence (Allogenes); Hellenistic Greek wisdom literature (Sentence of Sextus); a non-christian Sethian text, secondarily Christianized (Trimorphic Protennoia); Valentinian Gnosticism (A Valentinian Exposition); a Christian-Gnostic tractate with Valentinian affinities (The Interpretation of Knowledge). A Christian-Gnostic (perhaps Valentinian) homily on the gospel (the Gospel of Truth); the first page of On the Origin of the World (completely preserved in NHC II) and an identified fragmentary tractate with ethical content. There are also five Valentinian liturgical supplements appended to Allogenes. The publication of these religio-philosophical materials from Nag Hammadi provides the scholar and interested reader with critical editions of texts that help to fill in background and context of gnostic origins, and that shed light on the interaction among early Christianity and gnostic movements in antiquity. (Publisher)

Contents: Preliminary Material --; Introduction to Codex XI /; John D. Turner --; NHC XI,I: The Interpretation of Knowledge /; Elaine H. Pagels --; NHC XI,2: A Valentinian Exposition 22,1-39,39 /; John D. Turner --; NHC XI,3: Allogenes, 45,1-69,20 /; Elaine H. Pagels and John D. Turne --; Introduction to Codex XII /; Frederik Wisse --; NHC XII,1: The Sentences of Sextus /; Frederik Wisse --; NHC XII,2: The Gospel of Truth /; Frederik Wisse --; NHC XII,3: Fragments /; Frederik Wisse --; Introduction To Codex XIII /; John D. Turner --; NHC XIII,I: Trimorphic Protennoia /; John D. Turner --; NHC XIII,2: On the Origin of the World /; John D. Turner --; Nag Hammadi Codices XI, XII, and XIII Indices of Coptic, Greek, and Proper Names /; John D. Turner --; Ancient Works and Authors --; References to Modern Authors. (OCLC)

Volume 28 of the Brill series, "Nag Hammadi Studies." (NHS). near fine. Item #53324
ISBN: 9789004078253

Price: $150.00