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Noun1.Nag Hammadi Library - a collection of 13 ancient papyrus codices translated from Greek into Coptic that were discovered by farmers near the town of Nag Hammadi in 1945; the codices contain 45 distinct works including the chief sources of firsthand knowledge of Gnosticism
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in the Nag Hammadi texts, since for them the physical was by definition corrupt and evil, so that only a disembodied spirit could live forever with God.
YAUMACHI, The Issue of the Pre-christian Gnosticism Reviewed in the Light of the Nag Hammadi Texts, en John D.
While the Nag Hammadi texts are readily available, the patristic and Manichean material is not.
She examines marriage and women in First Corinthians, marriage in Colossians and Ephesians, women in the Pastoral Epistles, and marriage and women and feminine imagery in a selection of Nag Hammadi texts.
More substantively, the book might have benefited from a more comprehensive analysis of the Nag Hammadi texts that bear directly on its concerns.
King reviews the history of its study from the early church through Adolf von Harnack, the History of Religions School (Richard Reitzenstein, Wilhelm Boussett, and Rudolf Bultmann, who develop the Iranian Redeemed-Redeemer myth), the post-Bultmann reconsideration by Walter Bauer, Hans Jonas, and Carsten Colpe (who demonstrate the impossibility of the Gnostic myth), and the effects of the discovery of the Nag Hammadi texts in 1945.
While Poirier explores the relationship between Thunder and similar Nag Hammadi texts such as Hypostasis of the Archons and On the Origin of the World, however, he can only muse on their textual interrelationship; he does not speculate much on Sitz im Leben.
It will be noted that most of these criticisms relate to minutiae, and deliberately so--to indicate that much still remains to do, and that we are still far from having `dealt' with the Nag Hammadi texts.