The Nag Hammadi Scriptures: The Definitive International Edition Hardcover – 1 May 2007
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This is the definitive collection of the gnostic writings translated and annotated by an international team of leading scholars. This is the most complete, up-to-date, one-volume, English-language edition of the renowned library of fourth-century Gnostic manuscripts discovered in Egypt in 1945, which rivaled the Dead Sea Scrolls find in significance. It includes the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and other Gnostic gospels and sacred texts. This volume also includes introductory essays, notes, tables, glossary, index, etc. to help the reader understand the context and contemporary significance of these texts which have shed new light on early Christianity and ancient thought.
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It contains more than just Nag Hammadi material, including documents from the Berlin Codex (Gospel of Mary) and Codex Tchacos (Gospel of Judas). Furthermore, the material is better arranged, laid out and formatted, divided into sections with helpful headings, making it more readable, comprehensible, digestible and understandable. It also, unlike the Robinson, contains numerous helpful footnotes. The introductions to each text are generally better and more useful, and a bibliography is provided along with each text.
Really it's no contest. This, and the Layton edition, should really supplant the Robinson, which is showing its age somewhat now.
This text has as a leader over the title the phrase `The International Edition', for good reason. There have been three different projects, one in English, one in French, and one in German, over the past generation, the fruits of which have been brought together here in one volume. The representatives from each team are James M. Robinson, Wolf-Peter Funk, and Paul-Hubert Poirier, for the English, German, and French research projects respectively. The introduction is provided by Marvin Meyer and Elaine Pagels, both names known to people who study Gnostic and early biblical texts.
In the introduction, Meyers and Pagels offer the caution that the title `Nag Hammadi Scriptures' cannot imply a canon of scriptures similar to the Bible or Quran - these are texts that were less a sacred (and closed) collection and more of a general gathering of pieces that were considered inspired and inspirational.Read more ›
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I love the way this book is put together. Very interesting and appears to unbiased as full explanations are given. Great reference bookPublished 2 months ago by Melbow
I have read this book before, I borrowed it from a friend, but it is so good that I had to buy a copy for myself and I now use it as a reference book.Published 4 months ago by Elsie
Brilliant writings telling us the 'true words' of Jesus. The R/C church had no opportunities to destroy or alter these texts as they did know they were hidden. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L Shaw
This book is well worth the price for the amount of research involved. Also interesting introductions.Published 6 months ago by Jenny Shopper
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