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the codices are preserved in the Coptic Museum.
Here, the beginning of the Apocalypse of St. Peter.
Some of these sayings are characterized by a series of questions that the disciples purportedly asked Jesus between the period of his resurrection and the ascension. They also deal with a reinterpretation of the creation account and include various visions that pertain to Gnostic beliefs as proposed by Marcion, Cerinthus, and Basilides.
Gnostic Creation and Salvation
These works include: The Apocryphon of John; The Hypostasis of the Archons; On the Origin of the World; The Apocalypse of Adam; and The Paraphrase of Shem.
The Gnostic Nature of Reality
These works include: The Gospel of Truth; The Treatise on the Resurrection; The Tripartite Tractate; Eugnostos the Blessed; The Second Treatise of the Great Seth; The Teachings of Silvanus; and The Testimony of Truth.
Gnostic Liturgical Rites
These works include: The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth; The Prayer of Thanksgiving; A Valentinian Exposition; The Three Steles of Seth; and The Prayer of the Apostle Paul.
Gnostic Divine Feminine (Sophia)
These works include: The Thunder, Perfect Mind; The Thought of Norea; The Sophia of Jesus Christ; and The Exegesis on the Soul.
Gnostic Apostolic Biographies
These works include: The Apocalypse of Peter; The Letter of Peter to Philip; The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles; The (First) Apocalypse of James; The (Second) Apocalypse of James; and The Apocalypse of Paul.
The Gnostic Jesus
These are called gospels but their form is simply a sequence of unrelated sayings and visions. These works include: The Dialogue of the Savior; The Book of Thomas the Contender; The Apocryphon of James; The Gospel of Philip; and The Gospel of Thomas.
These works include: The Apocryphon of John Codex II, III, IV; The Gospel of the Egyptians Codex III, IV; Fragment of the Perfect Discourse Codex V; Authoritative Teaching Codex VI; The Concept of Our Great Power Codex VI; Plato’s Republic 588A–589B Codex VI; The Teachings of Silvanus Codex VI; Zostrianos Codex VIII; Melchizedek Codex IX; Marsanes Codex X; The Interpretation of Knowledge Codex XI; Allogenes Codex XI; Hypsiphrone Codex XI; The Sentences of Sextus Codex XII; Unidentified fragments Codex XII; and Trimorphic Protennoia Codex XIII.
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- Franzmann, Majella. Jesus in the Nag Hammadi Writings. Edinburgh, U.K.: T & T Clark International, 1996.
- Layton, Bentley. The Gnostic Scriptures. London, U.K. SCM Press, 1987.
- Markschies, Christoph. Gnosis: An Introduction. Translated by John Bowden. New York, N.Y.: T&T Clark, 2003.
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- Pagels, Elaine. The Gnostic Gospels. New York, N.Y.: Random House, 2004.
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- Robinson, James M. From the Nag Hammadi Codices to the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Judas. Institute for Antiquity and Christianity Occasional Papers 48. Claremont, Calf.: Institute for Antiquity & Christianity, 2006.
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- Tuckett, Christopher M. Nag Hammadi and the Gospel Tradition: Synoptic Tradition in the Nag Hammadi Library. Edinburgh, U.K.: T & T Clark, 1986.
- Waldstein, Michael, and Frederik Wisse, eds. The Apocryphon of John: Synopsis of Nag Hammadi Codices II,1, III,1, and IV,1 with BG 8502,2. Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies: The Coptic Gnostic Library 33. Leiden: Brill Academic, 1995.
- Yamauchi, Edwin M. Pre-Christian Gnosticism: A Survey of the Proposed Evidences. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 1983.
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