Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Nag Hammadi Codex III, 5 : The Dialogue of the Savior (The Coptic Gnostic Library)

Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1984. First edition. Octavo. xiv, (2), 127, (1)pp. Text in English and Coptic. Dark forest green cloth lettered in gilt, with publisher's device on front covers. An ex-library copy with minimal rubber stamping on title & at bottoms of text blocks, and a library pocket on rear pastedowns.

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)

Contents: Foreword / James M. Robinson -- Preface / Stephen Emmel -- Table of tractates in the Coptic Gnostic Library -- Abbreviations and short titles -- Introduction / Helmut Koester and Elaine Pagels -- The manuscript / Stephen Emmel -- Text and translation / Stephen Emmel -- Indexes. I. Words of Egyptian origin -- II. Words of Greek derivation -- III. Proper names -- IV. Grammatical forms.

Volume 26 of the Brill series, "Nag Hammadi Studies." (NHS). Item #53330
ISBN: 9789004075580

Price: $175.00