The Nag Hammadi Library

The Nag Hammadi library, discovered in Upper Egypt in 1945, is a collection of religious texts that vary from each other in their original date and authorship. They are written in Coptic (Egyptian language in Greek) and belonged to an Egyptian Gnostic-Christian community. It was hidden in a cave near the town of Nag Hammadi some time after the burning of the Alexandrian library in A.D. 391. The collected texts were found in 13 Codices, now in the Coptic Museum in Cairo, as well as another Gnostic Codex kept in Berlin Museum. These Codices include the following texts:

The Prayer of the Apostle Paul

The Apocryphon of James

The Gospel of Truth

The Treatise on Resurrection

The Tripartite Tractate

The Apocryphon of John

The Gospel of Thomas

The Gospel of Philip

The Hypostasis of the Archons

On the Origin of the World

The Exegesis on the Soul

The Book of Thomas the Contender

The Gospel of the Egyptians

Eugnostos the Blessed

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The Dialogue of the Saviour

The Apocalypse of Paul

The First Apocalypse of James

The Second Apocalypse of James

The Apocalypse of Adam

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles

The Thunder, Perfect Mind

Authoritative Teaching

The Concept of our Great Power

Plato, Republic

The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth The Prayer of Thanksgiving Asclepius

The Paraphrase of Shem

The Second Treatise of the Great Seth

Apocalypse of Peter

The Teachings of Silvanus

The Three Steles of Seth


The Letter of Peter to Philip


The Thought of Norea

The Testimony of Truth


The Interpretation of Knowledge

A Valentinian Exposition



The Sentences of Sextus


Trimorphic Protennoia The Gospel of Mary The Act of Peter

The Nag Hammadi Library was first published in 1977. A third edition was published by Harper & Row San Francisco/E. J. Bill Leiden, in 1988, edited by James M. Robinson and R. Smith.

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