The Story of the Bodmer Papyri
The United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) entrusted author James Robinson with tracking down the place where the Nag Hammadi Codices had been discovered. Priests whom the author interviewed in the region told Robinson that the codices had once...
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The United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) entrusted author James Robinson with tracking down the place where the Nag Hammadi Codices had been discovered. Priests whom the author interviewed in the region told Robinson that the codices had once been in the possession of a priest in the town of Dishna, a bit further upstream than Nag Hammadi itself. Robinson found that this priest had not had the Nag Hammadi Codices but rather the Bodmer Papyri. For Dishna is where the monastery headquarters of the first monastic order was located. The Bodmer Papyri discovery consisted of all that was left of the library of the Pachomian monastic order: Coptic letters of Pachomius and very early Greek copies of Luke and John, perhaps donated when Athanasius was in hiding at the monastery. These treasures were preserved in a jar hidden in the mountain where monks were buried. This book traces the story of the Bodmer Papyri from beginning to end.
James M. Robinson is the former director of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity and professor emeritus at the Claremont Graduate School. He is the author of "Trajectories Through Early Christianity, A New Quest of the Historical Jesus, " and "The Secrets of Judas", and is widely known for his pioneering work on the Sayings of Gospel Q, the Nag Hammadi Codices and as the general editor of "The Nag Hammadi Library in English".
- Preface Part One Introduction 1 The Bodmer Papyri 2 Bodmer Papyri In The Chester Beatty Library Part Two 3 Mississippi, Cologne, Barcelona 4 The Dishna Papers 5 The Pachomian Library Appendix 1: The Pachomian Monastic Library At The Chester Beatty Library And The Bibliotheque Bodmer Appendix 2: List Of Papyrus Bodmer Publications Collectors, Dealers, Scholars, And Institutes Glossary Of Technical Terms Bibliography Index Of Names