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Shem, Paraphrase of
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The Paraphrase of Shem is the first tractate of the best-preserved codex discovered at Nag Hammadi (Upper Egypt) in 1945 – codex 7 – and so is among the most complete of the Coptic texts composing the Nag Hammadi collection. The scribal hand of the codex is a practiced, lovely unical script, identical to that of the latter treatises of NHC 11 (Allogenes and Hypsiphrone). The scribe of the first half of NHC 11 also wrote NHC 1.4 (Treatise on the Resurrection), and the make of codices 1, 7, and 11 are simil…

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Burns, Dylan M., “Shem, Paraphrase of”, 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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