'In December 1945, two peasants were digging for fertiliser in a cemetery near the Egyptian town of nag Hammandi. Coming upon a jar at the base of a boulder, they broke it open to examine its contents. Out of the jar swirled golden bits of papyrus, disappearing in the sky. The peasants had uncovered one of our time's most most significant archaeological discoveries: the Nag Hammandi library. The Nag Hammandi library in English, awaited with growing excitement over three decades, is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of civilisation, of ideas, of religion. It contains the sacred scriptures of the Gnostic movement that emerged and rapidly grew in the cradle of civilisation at the time of Jesus and early Christianity. Its codices are a priceless brewing during one of civilisation's great turning points. The world depicted by the writings is strange unfamiliar, even hypnotic to modern sensibilities. It is a world botched by a blind, malevolent god. A world in which Simon of Cyrene is mistakenly crucified as Jesus laughs above the cross. A world in which Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed not because of their wickedness but because of the wisdom of their inhabitants in which the Bible as we know it is turned upside down. For students of that Bible, The Nag Hammandi Library in English includes a general introduction telling the story of the Library's discovery, the scribes who copied the texts and circumstances of its burial, and its strange subsequent history. Each translation is marked by page and line reference to the original codex. Every document is preceded by a brief introduction summarising the research behind the translation. In addition to the Nag Hammandi find, this volume contains two tractates if a similar codex. Just as the 1950s and 1960s were the decades of the Dead Sea Scrolls, so the 1970s and 1980s will be the decades of the Nag Hammandi codices. The Nag Hammandi Library in English unlocks this "Zen of the Western world" both to New Testament scholar and to they lay reader interested in the progression of civilisation itself.' James M. Robinson. Overall in good condition, some slight rubbing to the corners and the book sleeve is damaged in a few areas.