What Do We Talk About When We Talk About the Nag Hammadi LIbrary


  • Tony Burke York University




Nag Hammadi library, Gnosticism, Berlin Codex, Tchacos Codex, tomb robbery


Tony Burke responds to two recent articles on the discovery of the Nag Hammadi library—“Rethinking the Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices” by Nicola Denzey Lewis and Justine Ariel Blount, and “How Reliable is the Story of the Nag Hammadi Discovery?” by Mark Goodacre.

Author Biography

  • Tony Burke, York University

    Associate Professor, Department of the Humanities


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How to Cite

Burke, T. (2016). What Do We Talk About When We Talk About the Nag Hammadi LIbrary. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 45(2), 33-37. https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v45i2.28285