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Artefact ID86
TM IDTM 107747
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Nag Hammadi Codex VII

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 VII include: pp. A-B: front flyleaf, blank;

• p. 1-49 (NHC VII,1): Paraphrasis Sem (Paraphrase of Sem; CC 0686), with initial title on p. 1;
• p. 49-70 (NHC VII,2): Logos Seth (Second Treatise of the Great Seth; CC 0676), with final title on p. 70;
• p. 70-84 (NHC VII,3): Apocalypsis Petri (Apocalypse of Peter; CC 0647), with initial title on p. 70 and final title on p. 84;
• p. 84-118 (NHC VII,4): Doctrina Silvani (Teachings of Silvanus; CC 0656), with initial title on p. 84; il testo finisce con due righe definite come un colofone (Janssens 1983, p. 3 and Pearson 1996, p. 257);
• p. 118-127 (NHC VII,5): Stelae Seth (Three Steles of Seth; CC 0681), with initial title on p. 118 and section titles on p. 121 (final title of the first section and initial title of the second section), on p. 124 (final title of the second section and initial title of the third section) and on p. 127 (final title of the third section);
• p. 128 (also paginated C): blank.

Use of nomina sacra.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Nomina sacra, Coptic language
Date from350
Date to399
Dating criteria

Waste papyri recovered from the cartonnage of Codex VII include a deed dated 348 (PNH 65) which provides a terminus a quo for the cover of the codex.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Accession number

Cairo, Coptic Museum NH 10546


Editio Princeps

• Pearson, Birger A., ed. 1996. Nag Hammadi Codex VII, Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies vol. 30. 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 86", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,