TURNER-Anne MACGUIRE [eds.], The Nag Hammadi Library
The apocryphal Gospel of Thomas prescribes an ascetic life through self-discipline, solitude, and revelation in one of the most significant texts of the Nag Hammadi Library
. Elaine Pagels writes in The Gnostic Gospels (1989) that: "The terms 'monk' and 'monastic' come from the Greek word monachos, meaning 'solitary' or 'single one,' which the Gospel of Thomas frequently uses to describe the Gnostic."
Robinson, James, ed., 1981, The Nag Hammadi Library
. Harper and Row: San Francisco.
The year 1995 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the discovery of the thirteen codices which comprise the Nag Hammadi library
. The fifty-two tractates they contain have dramatically altered our understanding of early Christian heterodox communities.
Codex VIII of the Nag Hammadi library
contains two documents, the lengthy tractate Zostrianus (1.1-132.9) and the Letter of Peter to Philip (132.110-140.27), which inevitably conveys the impression that the latter is merely a space-filler--or rather, as Meyer more tactfully puts it, `the Letter of Peter to Philip most likely was included in Codex VIII because, of the tractates the scribe was commissioned to copy, it was an appropriate length to fill the pages at the end of the codex' (Nag Hammadi Codex VIII, ed.
Robinson (ed.), The Nag Hammadi Library
in English (Leiden, 3rd edn, 1988).
Carved wooden altars, painted cramic jugs, examples of the Nag Hammadi Library
, medieval painted manuscript pages, icons, and sculpture are among the works described.
Now in an updated and expanded second edition, The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom by Stevan Davies (Professor of Religious Studies, College Misericordia, Pennsylvania) focuses upon the writings known as the Gospel of Thomas which were discovered in Egypt in 1945 as part of the now famous Nag Hammadi Library
, a collection of first century Christian documents that are some of the earliest written records we have available arising from the earliest days of the Christian movement.
These questions became more acute with the discovery of the Nag Hammadi library
, which yielded three further copies of AJ, one closely similar to the Berlin text, the other two presenting a longer recension.
This edition of a text known both within the present work and to readers of The Nag Hammadi Library
in English as "Silvanus" (hereafter Silv) presents the text and a translation.
The passage from "The Thunder: Perfect Mind," one of the texts in the collection known as The Nag Hammadi Library
, juxtaposes orality ("the name of the sound") and inscription ("the sign of the letter").
The only other possibility was to consult the first edition of The Nag Hammadi Library
in English (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1977; hereafter NHLE) in which there was an (incomplete) index.
In Dr Khosroyev's view, research into the Nag Hammadi library
has reached a point of stagnation, and he seeks to provide a stimulus by raising some awkward but important questions.
Parrott's edition of these two texts (NHS 27, Leiden 1991) is listed, but mention might also have been made of the translation in The Nag Hammadi Library
in English (1988), pp.
In the Nag Hammadi Library
in English, the Codex V version of Eugnostos was only consulted when gaps appeared in the text of Codex III.