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Artefact ID90
TM IDTM 107751
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Nag Hammadi Codex XI

Papyrus codex containing a variety of Gnostic texts in Coptic (Sahidic and L6 dialects), 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 XI include: 

pp. A-B: blank;
pp. 1-21 (NHC XI, 1): Interpretatio gnosis (Interpretation of Knowledge; CC 0673), with final title on p. 21;
pp. 22-44 (NHC XI, 2): Expositio valentiniana (Valentinian Exposition; CC 0669);
pp. 45-69 (NHC XI, 3): Allogenes (CC 0642), with final title on p. 69.
pp. 69-72 (NHC XI, 4): Hypsiphrone (CC 0672), with initial title on p. 69.

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

Cairo, Coptic Museum NH 10547


Editio Princeps

• Hedrick, Charles W., ed. 1990. Nag Hammadi Codices XI, XII, XIII, Nag Hammadi Studies vol. 28. 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 90", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,