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Nag Hammadi
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I. General – II. The Texts Discovered at Nag Hammadi – III. Significance

I. General

Nag Hammadi is an Upper Egyptian industrial town on the west bank of the Nile, about 125 km downstream from Luxor. At nearby Jabal al-Tarif, in December 1945 a peasant accidentally found, in a jug deposited in a cave, twelve codices from the first half of the 4th century ce and the remains of another, with much original evidence of Gnosis, and further texts in the Coptic languag…

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Bethge, Hans-Gebhard, “Nag Hammadi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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