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Artefact ID92
TM IDTM 107753
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Nag Hammadi Codex XIII

Papyrus codex containing a variety of Gnostic texts in Coptic (Sahidic dialect). The contents of Nag Hammadi Codex XIII include: 

pp. 37-50 (NHC XIII, 1): Protennoia trimorphos (Trimorphic Protennoia; CC 0688), with section heading on pp. 42 and 46, and final title on p. 50;
pp. 50 (NHC XIII, 2): De origine mundi = Tractatus sine titulo (On the Origin of the World; CC 0654).

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

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).

Accession number

Cairo, Coptic Museum NH 10545


Editio Princeps

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

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, 2020
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, 2020, "Artefact ID 92", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,