Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

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Nag Hammadi Codex VIII (The Coptic Gnostic Library)

Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1991. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. xxxiv, (301), (1)pp. Indices. Text in English with a parallel Coptic/English translation. 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, and a library pocket on rear pastedown.

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)

Codex VIII from Nag Hammadi contains two tractates, Zostrianos and The Letter of Peter to Philip . This volume presents a critical edition of those texts, and includes regarding each separate text a transcription with notes, an introduction, and a translation. In addition it includes an introduction to the Codex itself, and several sets of indices. The tractate Zostrianos recounts a heavenly journey of a gnostic mystic who gains and brings back with him the saving gnosis. That gnosis is most closely related to Middle Platonism and the document intends to be part of that tradition. As such it was refuted by Plotinus and his pupil Amelius. Much of the manuscript is poorly preserved. The Letter of Peter to Philip is a gnostic revelatory discourse in letter form with Peter as its hero. The Risen Christ reveals a gnostic view of the universe and of human existence. (Publisher)

Contents: Preliminary Material /; John H. Sieber --; Introduction to Codex VIII /; Bentley Layton --; Zostrianos (NHC VIII,I) /; John H. Sieber --; NHC VIII,2: The Letter of Peter to Philip /; Marvin W. Meyer --; Indices to Zostrianos /; John H. Sieber --; Indices to the Letter of Peter to Philip /; John H. Sieber --; Ancient Works and Authors /; John H. Sieber --; Modern Authors /; John H. Sieber. (OCLC)

Volume 31 of the Brill series, "Nag Hammadi Studies." (NHS). near fine. Item #53331
ISBN: 9789004094772

Price: $125.00

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