THE PRESENT STATE OF GNOSTIC STUDIES BY R. VAN DEN BROEK The study of Gnosticism flourishes like never before and is rapidly becoming a specialism apart on the borderland of Judaism, early Chris- tianity, and the religions and philosophies of the Roman world. This increase of gnostic studies received its impetus from the discovery of the Coptic Gnostic Library of Nag Hammadi (1945), which presented the scholarly world with fifty-two ancient works, not all of them originally gnostic, of which fourty were previously completely unknown. By now, all thirteen Nag Hammadi Codices have been published in a facsimile edition (Brill, Leiden 1972-1979) and their contents have been made accessible by a complete English translation of the Coptic texts (The Nag Hammadi Library in English, ed. by J. M. Robinson, Brill, Leiden 1977). Most of the texts have been edited in more or less critical editions and translated into various languages. Two great international projects aim to publish critical editions of all the Nag Hammadi texts: The Coptic Gnostic Library, edited with English translations, introduc- tions and notes, published under the auspices of the Institute for Anti- quity and Christianity, Claremont, USA (in the series Nag Hammadi Studies [NHS],
Vigiliae Christianae – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1983
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