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

Authors

  • Tony Burke York University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/bsor.v45i2.28285

Keywords:

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

Abstract

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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Published

2016-07-06

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

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