The Nag Hammadi Library

In December 1945, three Arab peasants made an astonishing archaeological discovery in Upper Egypt. Muhammad Ali and his two brothers were riding their camels to the Jabal al-Tarif in order to gather sabakh, a soft soil used to fertilize their crops. They unexpectedly hit a red earthenware jar, almost a metre high. Muhammad hesitated to break the jar, fearing the jar might contain a jinn, or a spirit, but he recalled stories of buried treasures, and his love of gold overcame his fear of jinn. He smashed the jar with his mattock, but when he peered excitedly inside all he could see was a collection of old books – thirteen papyrus books bound in leather.      These would become known as the codices of the Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of early Christian and Gnostic texts.    

So why were these texts buried? The Nag Hammadi texts, and others like them, were denounced as heresy by orthodox Christians in the middle of the second century. Possession of such books was made a criminal offence and copies of such books were burned and destroyed. It is thought the Nag Hammadi texts were buried by monks from a nearby monastery in the 4th century.

These diverse texts range from secret gospels, poems and descriptions of the origin of the universe, to myths, magic and instructions for mystical practice. 

I stumbled across these gnostic texts whilst writing Apostle to Mary Magdalene and felt inspired to write two books, Mary Magdalene’s Legacy and Mary Magdalene’s Final Legacy. I can recommend Marvin Meyer’s book or they are available to read for free on www.gnosis.org

CODEX I (also known as the Jung Codex) 

The Prayer of the Apostle Paul 

The Secret Book of James

The Gospel of Truth

The Treatise on the Resurrection     

The Tripartite Tractate


The Secret Book of John

The Gospel of Thomas   

The Gospel of Philip           

The Hypostasis of the Archons 

On the Origin of the World 

The Exegesis of the Soul  

The Book of Thomas the Contender


The Secret Book of John      

Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit (The Gospel of the Egyptians)

Eugnostos the Blessed     

The Sophia of Jesus Christ     

The Dialogue of the Saviour


The Secret Book of John  

Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit (The Gospel of the Egyptians)


Eugnostos the Blessed

The Revelation of Paul 

The First Revelation  of James    

The Second Revelation of James

The Gospel of Judas


The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles  

The Thunder, Perfect Mind

Authoritative Teaching   

The Concept of our Great Power  

Republic Plato (heavily modified with gnostic concepts)    

The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth – a Hermetic treatise

The Prayer of Thanksgiving – a Hermetic prayer            

Asclepius 21-29 – another Hermetic treatise


The Paraphrase of Shem 

The Second Treatise of the Great Seth 

Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter  

The Teachings of Silvanus    

The Three Steles of Seth



The Letter of Peter to Philip



The Thought of Norea        

The Testimony of Truth




The Interpretation of Knowledge

An Exposition  



The Sentences of Sextus 

The Gospel of Truth    



Trimorphic Protennoia     

On the Origin of the World

Although the gnostic gospels are assigned to the apostles, scholars cannot agree who wrote them.

The Nag Hammadi Library extends to a mighty 800 pages and I am often asked which gospel one should read first. I always say the Gospel of Mary as it is short, but more importantly, portrays Mary Magdalene as a strong spiritual leader privy to Yeshua’s inner teachings.

I would like to share the highlighted tractates with you on my blog as reading the texts will communicate with your soul and change you on a cellular level – this has been my experience anyway! Their power and beauty is unbelievable.

I have already discussed the Secret Book of John (see blog dated 22 March 2021) so my next blog will be on the Gospel of Thomas.

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