The Gospel of Truth, a Valentinian Meditation on the Gospel

The Gospel of Truth, a Valentinian Meditation on the Gospel

The Gospel of Truth, a Valentinian Meditation on the Gospel

The Gospel of Truth, a Valentinian Meditation on the Gospel

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The first of the now famous Dead Sea Scrolls came to light in 1947. A few years earlier. not later than 1945, peasant laborers making an excavation in Upper Egypt had made an equally interesting find. Without archaeological intent they accidentally dug into a tomb of the early Christian period, probably fourth century. It contained a large jar full of books, a regular library comprising about forty-eight works. One volume, deposited in the Coptic Museum in 1946, was later purchased by the Museum, and there it remains. Another volume--the one containing the Gospel of Truth--was sold into private hands that same year. Early in 1949 the rest of the volumes were deposited in the Coptic Museum. In 1952, after protracted negotiations and ultimately by seizure the entire find (minus the volume already privately sold) became the . . .

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