Special issue of BSOR on the Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Codices

The 12 codices containing Coptic Gnostic literature discovered close to Nag Hammadi, Egypt in 1945 are often preceded by James M. Robinson’s colorful story of their discovery, a story which has more or less attained the status of scholarly legend, featuring djinni, blood-feuds, and other hijinks. Two separate articles published in 2013 and 2014 (by Mark Goodacre, and Nicola Denzey Lewis and Ariel Blount, respectively) criticized Robinson’s investigation into the provenance of the codices and his presentation of his findings. The new issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion offers further response to and meditiation on these criticisms regarding how we should talk about the discovery of the famous Nag Hammadi Codices, featuring articles by Dylan M. Burns, Brent Nongbri, Eva Mroczek, Tony Burke, and Paul-Hubert Poirier, together with a response from Prof. Denzey Lewis. You can read it here.

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