Introduction (intro_II_XX)
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§ 1 Arrangement of This Edition

So far as possible one and the same plan has been followed in each chapter of this edition:


critical edition of the Coptic text

Coptic notes, viz., (a) on non-standard forms, (b) apparatus criticus, and where appropriate (c) apparatus fontium

English translation1

select textual notes in English

An index and grammatical tables for each Coptic text are given at the end of the volume in which the text appears.

For the method followed in editing the Coptic texts, see below, pp. 27-36.

Owing to differences among the tractates, it was not pract…

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“Introduction (intro_II_XX)”, 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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