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Artefact ID88
TM IDTM 107749
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Nag Hammadi Codex IX

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 IX include: 

pp. 1-27 (NHC IX, 1): Melchisedek (Melchizedek; CC 0678);
pp. 27-29 (NHC IX, 2): Norea (Thought of Norea; CC 0682);
pp. 29-75 (NHC IX, 3): Testimonium Veritatis (Testimony of Truth; CC 0679); pp. 63-64 and 75 are not preserved;
p. D: blank and not preserved.

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

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Accession number

Cairo, Coptic Museum NH 10553


Editio Princeps

•Pearson, Birger A., ed. 1981. Nag Hammadi Codices IX and X, Nag Hammadi Studies, vol. 15. 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 88", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,