Pistis Sophia

The Monastery of Apollo at Bala’iza and Its Literary Texts

The Monastery of Apollo at Bala’iza and Its Literary Texts Dayr al-Bala’iza, situated at the edge of the desert on the west bank of the Nile some eighteen to nineteen kilometers south of Asyut, gained initial recognition among Coptic scholars through the large cache of manuscripts, both literary and documentary, discovered at the site during …

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Books Of Jeu

BOOKS OF JEU Two Gnostic texts partially preserved in Coptic in the Bruce Codex. At the end of the first book is a title, “The Book of the Great Mystery-Message.” The current title, the Books of Jeu, was applied to the texts by Carl Schmidt, reflecting his view that they are “the two books of …

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Pistis Sophia

PISTIS SOPHIA A collection of Gnostic treatises contained in the Askew Codex, divided in the manuscript into four books. A title is found at the end of the second and the third books: “A Part of the Books of the Savior.” Inscribed by a later hand at the beginning of the second book is the …

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Apocryphal Literature

APOCRYPHAL LITERATURE Properly speaking, this consists of the so-called Old Testament pseudepigrapha. The Old Testament books called “apocryphal” by Protestants and “deuterocanonical” by Roman Catholics were until recently included in the biblical canon of the Coptic church. Only at the beginning of the twentieth century and by order of CYRIL V (1874-1927) were the following …

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