Codex VI

Perfect Mind Thunder

PERFECT MIND THUNDER The second treatise in Codex VI of the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY. The text consists of a revelatory discourse uttered by an unnamed female deity who speaks chiefly about herself. Using the phrase “I am . . .” to point out her essential qualities, she ascribes to herself such diverging characteristics as: “I …

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Asclepius

ASCLEPIUS 21-29 The Coptic version of Asclepius 21-29 is the eighth tractate from Codex VI of the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY, and occurs immediately after a scribal note (VI, 65.8-14) concerning the selection and copying of Hermetic discourses. Although it is untitled in the Coptic manuscript, Asclepius 21-29 is assigned its present title because it is …

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Authentikos Logos

AUTHENTIKOS LOGOS The Authentikos Logos is an account, didactic in character, of the history of the soul. It forms the third tractate of Codex VI of the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY. According to the tractate, “When the spiritual soul was cast into the body, it became a brother to lust and hatred and envy, and it …

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Prayer Of Thanksgiving

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVIN This text fits among the Hermetic works of Codex VI of the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY. Known in Greek and Latin versions, it preserves a prayer of thanksgiving for “mind, speech, knowledge” (64.9f.). The recitation itself preceded a (ritual) embrace and a communal meal consisting of flesh which, as in Jewish custom, had …

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Nag Hammadi Library

NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY The thirteen ancient papyrus codices translated from Greek into Coptic, accidentally discovered in December 1945 by farmers in Upper Egypt. They contain forty-five Gnostic works, which are our chief source of first-hand knowledge of GNOSTICISM. Although the details of the discovery have remained unverified, despite archaeological investigation, there is little reason to …

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