Rethinking the Rethinking of the Nag Hammadi Codices


  • Nicola Denzey Lewis Brown University



Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism, Egypt, narratives


A brief response to five essays in response to my article (co-authored with Justine Blount), "Rethinking the Origin of the Nag Hammadi Codices," JBL 133 (2014): 399-419.

Author Biography

  • Nicola Denzey Lewis, Brown University

    Visiting Associate Professor of Religious Studies Department of Religious Studies Brown University


Denzey Lewis, Nicola. 2013. “Death on the Nile: Egyptian Codices, Gnosticism, and Early Christian Books of the Dead.” In Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, Theurgy and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean, and Other Ancient Literature. Essays in Honor of Birger A. Pearson, edited by April DeConick, Gregory Shaw, and John Turner, 161–80. Leiden: Brill.

Denzey Lewis, Nicola, and Justine Ariel Blount. 2014. “Rethinking the Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices.” Journal of Biblical Literature 133: 399–419.

Emmel, Stephen. 2008. “The Coptic Gnostic Texts as Witnesses to the Production and Transmission of Gnostic (and Other) Traditions.” In Das Thomasevangelium: Entstehung—Rezeption—Theologie, edited by Jörg Frey, Enno Edzard Popkes, Jens Schröter, and Christine Jacobi, 33–49. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Goodacre, Mark. 2013. “How Reliable is the Story of the Nag Hammadi Discovery?” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 35: 303–22.

Khosroyev, Alexandr. 1995. Die Bibliothek von Nag Nammadi: einige Probleme in Ägypten während der erste Jahrhunderte. Altenberge: Oros Verlag.

King, Karen L. 2003. What is Gnosticism? Cambridge: Belknap.

Lundhaug, Hugo, and Lance Jenott. 2015. The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices. Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum, 97. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Robinson, James M. 2014. The Nag Hammadi Story. 2 vols. Leiden: Brill.

Williams, Michael A. 1996. Rethinking “Gnosticism”: An Argument for Dismantling A Dubious Category. Princeton: Princeton University Press.






How to Cite

Denzey Lewis, N. (2016). Rethinking the Rethinking of the Nag Hammadi Codices. Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 45(2), 39-45.