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Nag Hammadi, Writings
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In 1945, Egyptian peasants inadvertently made a major discovery near the Upper Egyptian town Nag Hammadi (formerly Chenoboskion). They unearthed a jar in a cave midway up the base of the Gebel el-Tarif, one of the cliffs along the Nile. The jar contained 13 ancient books (codices), 11 of them still in their leather bindings. Since the region is famous for the Christian monastic movement, and Pachomian …

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Schenke Robinson, Gesine, “Nag Hammadi, Writings”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 19 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2018

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