The Nag Hammadi Codices Library ~ Full Collection for Research and Study


The Nag Hammadi Codices

Until the discovery of the Nag Hammadi codices in 1945, the Gnostic view of early Christianity had largely been forgotten. The teachings of Gnostic Christianity—vilified especially since they were declared heretic by orthodox Christianity in the fourth century—had been virtually erased from history by the early church fathers, their gospels banned and even burned to make room for the view of Christian theology outlined in the canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

But when two peasants discovered the Nag Hammadi texts, a 13-volume library of Coptic texts hidden beneath a large boulder near the town of Nag Hammadi in upper Egypt, the world was reintroduced to this long-forgotten and much-maligned branch of early Christian thought, Gnostic Christianity, from the Greek word gnosis, “knowledge.” The Nag Hammadi codices are 13 leather-bound volumes dated to the mid-fourth century that contain an unprecedented collection of more than 50 texts, including some that had been composed as early as the second century.


Introduction to this Collection: Several of the major texts in the Nag Hammadi collection have more than one translation listed; where multiple translations are provided, we have listed the translators' names in parenthesis below the title of the text. Texts marked with {*} had more than one Coptic version extant within the Nag Hammadi codices; often these several versions were used conjointly by the translators to provide a single translation of the text. All of these ancient manuscripts had some areas of damage, some of the pages were very fragmentary. Sections of lost or unreadable text are usually indicated in the translations with ellipses [...]. All translations presented below have undergone modification, formatting, and minor revision for use in this internet edition. Many of the translations are based on original work done by members of the Coptic Gnostic Library Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont Graduate School. The Coptic Gnostic Library Project (CGLP) was funded by UNESCO, the National  Endowment for the Humanities, and other Institutions. Several scholars have granted us permission to present their original translations of Nag Hammadi texts here in the Gnostic Society Library. We are particular indebted to the assistance and contributions of Dr. Willis Barnstone, Dr. John Turner, Dr. Stevan Davies, and the late Dr. Marvin Meyer. Contributors to this collection retain all copyright to their works. For academic citations, always read and reference standard print editions. The International Edition of The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, edited by Marvin Meyer, provides authoritative translations and extensive introductory notes on the Nag Hammadi texts. We also highly recommend The Gnostic Bible, edited by Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer; this comprehensive volume includes excellent introductory material and provides beautiful translations for the most important Nag Hammadi scriptures. Digital images of the original Nag Hammadi Codices are now available online at the Claremont Colleges Digital Library.

Nag Hammadi Texts - Alphabetical Index

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles

Allogenes – The Foreigner (Turner Annonated translation)(Turner & Wintermute CGLP translation)

The Apocalypse (Revelation) of Adam (Barnstone translation) (MacRae CGLP translation)

The (First) Apocalypse (Revelation) of James

The (Second) Apocalypse (Revelation) of James

The Apocalypse (Revelation) of Paul

The Apocalypse (Revelation) of Peter

The Apocryphon (Secret Book) of James (Meyer and Barnstone translation) (Williams CGLP translation) (Cameron translation)

The Apocryphon (Secret Book) of John (Meyer translation) (Davies translation) (Waldstein & Wisse - Short Version translation) (Waldstein & Wisse - Long Version translation) (Wisse CGLP translation)See the Aprocryphon of John Collection for more information on the text Asclepius 21-29

Authoritative Teaching

The Book of Thomas the Contender (Turner Annotated translation)(Turner CGLP translation)

The Concept of Our Great Power

The Dialogue of the Savior

The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth (Meyer translation) (Brashler, Dirkse & Parrott CGLP translation)

Eugnostos the Blessed*

The Exegesis on the Soul (Barnstone & Meyer translation) (Robinson CGLP translation)

The Gospel of the Egyptians*

The Gospel of Philip (Meyer translation) (Barnstone translation) (Isenberg CGLP translation)

The Gospel of Thomas (Meyer translation) (Davies translation) (Lambdin CGLP translation) (Patterson & Meyer translation) (Patterson & Robinson translation)See the Gospel of Thomas Collection for more information on the text The Gospel of Truth* (Barnstone & Meyer translation) (Grant translation) (Attridge & MacRae CGLP translation)

The Hypostasis of the Archons – The Reality of the Rulers (Barnstone & Meyer translation)(Layton CGLP translation) Hypsiphrone

The Interpretation of Knowledge

The Letter of Peter to Philip (Meyer translation)(Wisse CGLP translation) Marsanes (Turner Scholar's translation)(Pearson CGLP translation) Melchizedek

On the Anointing

On the Baptism A

On the Baptism B

On the Eucharist A

On the Eucharist B

On the Origin of the World* (Barnstone & Meyer translation)(Bethge & Layton CGLP translation) The Paraphrase of Shem (Barnstone translation) (Wisse CGLP translation)

Plato, Republic 588A-589B

The Prayer of the Apostle Paul (Meyer translation)(Mueller CGLP translation) The Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Second Treatise of the Great Seth (Barnstone translation) (Bullard & Gibbons CGLP translation)

The Sentences of Sextus

The Sophia of Jesus Christ

The Teachings of Silvanus

The Testimony of Truth

The Thought of Norea

The Three Steles of Seth (Meyer & Barnstone translation)(Robinson CGLP translation) The Thunder, Perfect Mind (Barnstone translation)(MacRae CGLP translation) The Treatise on the Resurrection (Barnstone translation)(Peel CGLP translation) Trimorphic Protennoia – Three Forms of First Thought (Barnstone translation)(Turner GCLP translation)(Turner Annotated translation) The Tripartite Tractate

A Valentinian Exposition

Zostrianos (Turner Scholar's translation)(Sieber CGLP translation)






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