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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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Ludwig Keimer (1893-1957)

LUDWIG KEIMER (1893-1957) A German Egyptologist. Keimer was a professor at Cairo University, where he became vice president of the Egyptian Institute. He earned doctorates from the universities of Münster (1922) and Würzburg (1922, 1924). His most influential mentor, G. Schweinfurth, wrote the preface to Keimer’s first Egyptological work, Die Gartenpflanzen im alten Ägypten, 2 …

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Paulin Ladeuze (1870-1940)

PAULIN LADEUZE (1870-1940) A Belgian theologian and ecclesiastical historian. Ladeuze joined the faculty at the University of Louvain at the age of twenty-eight. He was a founding member of Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique and succeeded his teacher, Msgr. Hebbelynck, as head of the theology department and eventually as rector of the university. Both his dissertation and …

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Apocalypse Of Peter

APOCALYPSE OF PETER The third text of Codex VII and consisting of a report of three visions seen by the apostle Peter, along with instructions from Jesus, during the night prior to the Crucifixion. In a passage that recalls Matthew 26:34, Jesus tells Peter, “He [You?] will accuse you [him] three times during the night” …

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Plato’s Republic

PLATO’S REPUBLIC The only piece of its kind in the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY, this short excerpt from Plato’s corpus (588-589B[CGVI,50]) encompasses barely more than three pages of text (48.16-51.23). The Coptic translation exhibits inaccuracies, which may be due partly to tendencies found among apocryphal works: imitation and vulgarizing that frequently result in a literary product …

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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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Gospel Of The Egyptians

GOSPEL OF THE EGYPTIANS Two rather fragmentary versions of the Gospel of the Egyptians are found in the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY, the one appearing as the second tractate in Codex III and the other as the second piece in Codex IV. In their present form, they derive from the same Greek original of the document, …

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Gospel Of Truth

GOSPEL OF TRUTH An apocryphal work probably of the second century. The Gospel of Truth survives in two versions from the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY: a well-preserved copy (I. 3) and a very fragmentary piece (XII. 2). While the original title remains unknown, the initial phrase (“The gospel of truth”) may have served as an incipit …

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Ostracon

OSTRACON In the Hellenic period a shard or an animal’s shoulder blade. It was employed in a city-state’s assembly when a vote of ostracism was taken, and was customarily the writing material for nonliterary documents, particularly those of an economic character. In the later Roman and Byzantine eras, in Egypt the ostracon came to be …

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