Preface (Preface_II_XX)
(1,369 words)

No other Gnostic manuscript has held out such fascination to scholar and public alike as Codex II from Nag Hammadi, nor has any been the object of more research and publication. To the historian, Codex II offers a cross section of Gnosticism that is unusually varied; the manuscript also illustrates how, by the early fourth century, originally diverse Gnostic texts could be gathered together and read as parts of one and the same spirituality.

At least three distinct ancient currents are represented in the codex: Sethian Gnosticism, a mythopoeic parody or inversion of e…

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Layton, Bentley, “Preface (Preface_II_XX)”, in: The Coptic Gnostic Library — A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Editor in Chief: James M. Robinson. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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