The Nag Hammadi Library: The Story Behind the Story
A lecture by James M. Robinson
From Westar Institute’s Fall 2009 Meeting.
Hear the tales of intrigue surrounding the discover of the Nag Hammadi codices from James Robinson, Permanent Secretary of the UNESCO International Committee for the Nag Hammadi Codices, as told to him by Muhammad Ali who himself discovered them. Robinson looks in depth at the trafficking, marketing, monopolizing, and publishing of the Library, and explores the question, “Gnosticism—why is it heresy?”
James M. Robinson (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Director Emeritus of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity and Professor of Religion Emeritus at Claremont Graduate University. He was honored as a Fulbright Scholar, American Council of Learned Societies Fellow and American Association of Theological Schools Fellow at the University of Heidelberg. The editor of The Sayings Gospel Q in Greek and English (2002), The Critical Edition of Q (2000), and author of Trajectories Through Early Christianity (1971, with Helmut Koester) and A New Quest of the Historical Jesus (1959), he is best known for his work on the Nag Hammadi Codices and as the General Editor of The Nag Hammadi Library in English (1977).