Foreword (Foreword_I_XXII)
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“The Coptic Gnostic Library” is a complete edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, of Papyrus Berolinensis 8502, and of the Askew and Bruce Codices, comprising a critical text with English translations, introductions, notes and indices. Its aim is to present these texts in a uniform edition that will promptly follow the appearance of The Facsimile Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices and that can be a basis for more detailed technical and interpretive investigations. Further studies of this sort are expected to appear in the monograph series Nag Hammadi Studies of which the present edition is a part.

The gnostic religion was not only a force that interacted with early Christianity and Judaism in their formative periods, but also a significant religious position in its own right. General acceptance of this modern insight has been seriously impeded by the scarcity of origi…

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Robinson, James M., “Foreword (Foreword_I_XXII)”, in: The Coptic Gnostic Library — A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Editor in Chief: James M. Robinson. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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