Introduction (intro_III_XXVI)
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I. Title, Author, and Literary Character

The title The Dialogue of the Savior occurs in the incipit (120:1) and in the explicit (147:23). But the work begins with an address of the Savior to his disciples that does not show any trace of the dialogue scheme (Dial. Sav. 1-3 [120:3-124:22]).1 However, the main source used by the author (first appearing in 4 [124:23]; see sec. II.A below) is characterized by dialogues between Jesus and his disciples, of whom Judas, Matthew, and Mary are frequently named explicitly. Thus, the title Dialogue may derive from this main source. On the other…

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Koester, Helmut and Pagels, Elaine, “Introduction (intro_III_XXVI)”, in: The Coptic Gnostic Library — A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Editor in Chief: James M. Robinson. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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