Preface (Preface_V_XV)
(829 words)

This volume is the product of many years of work; yet it is with some trepidation that I submit it herewith to the public. The fragmentary status of the two codices published here has made the work much more difficult and time-consuming than would have been the case had the material been preserved more completely. Hence this first effort cannot claim to be definitive in any way. Others will surely come to the material with new insights, not only to the contents of the tractates but also to readings and reconstructions of the text itself. That, indeed, is my hope.

It is also cheerfully acknowle…

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Pearson, Birger A., “Preface (Preface_V_XV)”, in: The Coptic Gnostic Library — A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Editor in Chief: James M. Robinson. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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