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Artefact ID85
TM IDTM 107746
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Nag Hammadi Codex VI

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 (Nongbri 2018, 108-115). The contents of Nag Hammadi Codex VI include: 

pp. A-B: blank (lost);
pp. 1-12 (NHC VI, 1): Acta Petri et apostolorum (Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles; CC 0641), with final title on p. 12;
pp. 13-21 (NHC VI, 2): Bronte (The Thunder, Perfect Mind; CC 0652) with initial title on p. 13;
pp. 22-35 (NHC VI, 3): Authentikos Logos (Authoritative Teaching; CC 0651), with final title on p. 35;
pp. 36-48 (NHC VI, 4): Noema Magnae Potentiae (Concept of our Great Power; CC 0680), with initial title on p. 36 and final title on p. 48;
pp. 48-51 (NHC VI, 5): Excerptum e Republica (Plato, Republic 588b-589b; CC 0689);
pp. 52-63 (NHC VI, 6): De ogdoade et enneade (Discourse of the Eight and the Ninth; CC 0653), with rests of an initial title on p. 52;
pp. 63-65 (NHC VI, 7): Oratio gratiae (Prayer of Thanksgiving; CC 0684), with initial title on p. 63;
p. 65 (NHC, VI, 7a): Scribal note written in a tabula ansata;
p. 65-78 (NHC, VI 8): Asclepius 21-29 (CC 0650).

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Coptic language
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Accession number

Cairo, Coptic Museum 10549


Editio Princeps

•Parrott, Douglas M., ed. 1979. Nag Hammadi Codices V, 2-5 and VI, Nag Hammadi Studies, vol. 11. 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 85", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,