Thursday, May 15, 2008
Nag Hammadi (Discovered 1945)
The Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of thirteen codices containing over fifty texts, was discovered in upper Egypt in 1945. This immensely important discovery includes a large number of primary Gnostic scriptues; texts once thought to have been entirely destroyed during the early Christian struggle to define "Orthodoxy"-- scriptures such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and the Gospel of Truth. The discovery and translation of the Nag Hammadi library, completed in the 1970's, has provided impetus to a major re-evaluation of early Christian history and the nature of Gnosticism. Highly recommended!