Introduction (intro_III_XXVII)
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I. Discovery

The thirteen Nag Hammadi codices were discovered in December, 1945, on the right bank of the Nile, near the town of al-Qasr (ancient Chenoboskia) and close to the larger town of Nag Hammadi, which is on the opposite bank.1 Facsimile editions of all thirteen have been published. The mss are now preserved in the Coptic Museum in Old Cairo, Egypt.

Evidence in the cartonnage used to stiffen the leather covers suggests the library was buried sometime in the last half of the fourth century c.e. (Barns et al.: nos. 63-65). It is possible the codices had been used by monks …

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“Introduction (intro_III_XXVII)”, 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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