Friday, May 19, 2017

We Are The Gnostics

"At the center of your being 
you have the answer; 
you know who you are and 
you know what you want."
~ Lao Tzu ~

The Nag Hammadi library is a collection of Gnostic texts discovered near the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945. Thirteen leather-bound papyrus codices buried in a sealed jar were found by a local farmer named Muhammed al-Samman. The town of Nag Hammadi is named for its founder, Mahmoud Pasha Hammadi, a member of the Hammadi family in SohagEgypt. Mahmoud Pasha Hammadi was a major landholder in Sohag, and known for his strong opposition to the British occupation of 1882. Nag Hammadi is about 5 km west of ancient Chenoboskion (Ancient GreekΧηνοβόσκιον) The "Nag Hammadi library(also known as the "Chenoboskion Manuscripts", or as the "Gnostic Gospels") is an important collection of 2nd-century Gnostic texts and it was found at Jabal al-Ṭārif. The city was the site of the Nag Hammadi massacre in January 2010, wherein eight Coptic Christians were shot dead by three men. In total, nineteen Coptic Christians were attacked. The contents of the codices were written in the Coptic language. The best-known of these works is probably the Gospel of Thomas, of which the Nag Hammadi codices contain the only complete text. 

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