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Artefact ID91
TM IDTM 107752
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Nag Hammadi Codex XII

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 XII include: 

pp. A-B: blank and not preserved
pp. 1-39 (NHC XII, 1): Sententiae Sexti (Sentences of Sextus; CC 0690);
pp. 39-67 (NHC XII, 2): Evangelium Veritatis (Gospel of Truth; CC 0667);
pp. 67-72: (an)other(s) tractate(s) (?). 
pp. C-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 10555


Editio Princeps

•Hedrick, Charles W., ed. Nag Hammadi Codices XI, XII, XIII, Nag Hammadi Studies vol. 28. Leiden: Brill, 1990.

Additional Bibliography

• 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, Victor Ghica, 2020-21, 2021
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, 2020-21, 2021, "Artefact ID 91", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,