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Artefact ID83
TM IDTM 107744
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Nag Hammadi Codex IV

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, 108–15). The contents of Nag Hammadi Codex IV include:

pp. A–B: blank
pp. 1–49 (NHC IV, 1): Apokryphon Iohannis (Apocryphon of John; CC 0648), with final title on p. 49. The central bifolium of the quire is left blank (and numbered C–F).
pp. 50–81 (NHC IV, 2): Evangelium Aegyptiorum (Gospel of the Egyptians; CC 0662);
p. G (= p. 82): blank. The final title should have been written here if it existed (maybe not according to Emmel 195, p. 8–9);
p. H–K: blank.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Coptic language
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria-
Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Cairo, Cairo Museum, NH 10552 [Nag Hammadi Codex IV] [Nag Hammadi Codex 4]


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. Leiden: Brill.

Additional Bibliography

•Barnes, J.W.B., G.M. Browne, and J.C. Shelton. 1981. Nag Hammadi Codices. Greek and Coptic Papyri from the Cartonnage of the Covers. Nag Hammadi Studies. Leiden: Brill.

•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
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020, "Artefact ID 83", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,