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Artefact ID82
TM IDTM 107743
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Nag Hammadi Codex III

Papyrus codex containing a variety of Gnostic texts in Coptic (Sahidic dialect), said to have been discovered along with 12 other codices in an area near Nag Hammadi, although the precise context and circumstance of their discovery in 1945 remains unclear (e.g. Nongbri 2018, 108-115). The contents of Nag Hammadi Codex III include:
pp. A: blank;
pp. B: initial title of Apokryphon Iohannis (Apocryphon of John; CC 0648);
pp. 1-40 (NHC III, 1): Apokryphon Iohannis (Apocryphon of John; CC 0648), with final title on p. 40. Pp. 19-20 are missing;
pp. 40-69 (NHC III, 2): Evangelium Aegyptiorum (Gospel of the Egyptians; CC 0662), with final title on p. 69. Pp. 45-48 are missing;
pp. 70-90 (NHC III, 3): Epistula Eugnosti (Eugnostos the Blessed; CC 0658), with final title on p. 90. Pp. 79-80 are missing;
pp. 90-119 (NHC III, 4): Sophia Iesu Christi (Sophia of Jesus Christus; CC 0683), with final title on p. 119. Pp. 109-110 and 115-116 are missing;
pp. 120-147 (NHC III, 5): Dialogus Salvatoris (Dialogue of the Savior; CC 0655), with initial title on p. 120 and final title on p. 147;
pp. C (148, verso of 147): blank;
3 blank leaves at the end of the codex (numbered D-I) are missing.

Use of nomina sacra.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Nomina sacra, Coptic language
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria-
Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession numberCairo, Coptic Museum NH 4851 [Nag Hammadi Codex 3] [Nag Hammadi Codex III]

Editio Princeps 

•Böhlig, Alexander, and Frederik Wisse, eds. 1975. Nag Hammadi Codices III, 2 and IV, 2. The Gospel of the Egyptians (The Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit). Nag Hammadi Studies, vol. 4. Leiden: Brill.  

•Emmel, Stephen, ed. 1984. Nag Hammadi Codex III, 5. The Dialogue of the Savior, Nag Hammadi Studies, vol. 26. Leiden: Brill.

•Parrott, Douglas M., ed. 1991. Nag Hammadi Codices III, 3-4 and V, 1. With Papyrus Berolinensis 8502, 3 and Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 1081, Nag Hammadi Studies, vol. 27. Leiden Brill.

•Waldstein, Michael, and Frederik Wisse, eds. 1995. The Apocryphon of John. Synopsis of Nag Hammadi Codices II,1; III, 1; and IV, 1 with BG 8502,2, Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies, vol. 33. Leiden: Brill.

Additional Bibliography

•Nongbri, Brent. 2018. God's Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts. New Haven: Yale University Press.

•Scholer, David. 1971. Nag Hammadi Bibliography, 1948-1969. Nag Hammadi Studies. Vol. 1, Leiden: Brill.

•Scholer, David. 1997. Nag Hammadi Bibliography 1970-1994. Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies.  Leiden: Brill.

•Scholer, David, and Susan Wood. 2008. Nag Hammadi Bibliography 1995-2006. Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies. Vol. 65, Leiden: Brill.

Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020
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Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020, "Artefact ID 82", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,