Bruce Codex (Codex Brucianus)


Seventy-eight unbound papyrus leaves purchased in about 1769 in Upper Egypt by the Scottish traveler James Bruce, eventually acquired by the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Inscribed in Coptic, they date from the fourth or fifth century.

The papyrus leaves are probably the remains of two independent codices: 31 leaves containing the major portion of an untitled Gnostic work (Bruce Untitled Text) and 47 leaves containing parts of another Gnostic work, the Books of Jeu. These texts were published by Carl Schmidt in 1892.


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