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The 'gnostic gospels' is a collective term for the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of second, third and fourth century texts which present a 'gnostic' view of Jesus. Typically these are written in the coptic language, originating around Egypt.

Includes texts such as:

  • The Gospel of Thomas
  • The Gospel of Barnabas
  • The Apocryphon of John

Please see The Nag Hammadi library for a more extensive explanation and list of recognised texts.

This single tag is used for all Coptic/gnostic texts due to their diversity and fragmented nature, and to avoid confusion between similarly titled Coptic texts.

The tag should not be applied to:

  • Questions relating to biblical texts which are considered canon by one or more Christian traditions, but not others. These should be tagged and/or with tags relating to these specific texts.
  • The collection of non-canonical Greek Early Christian texts known as the Apostolic Fathers. These should have individual tags, such as or .

For more information on site scope read the Meta post: What texts are open for examination?