Dropsie College Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-17-1961

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Moshe Held


The Apocryphon of John is one of forty nine works1 contained in a Gnostic library recovered in 1945 by peasants digging in a cemetery in upper Egypt.2 The site is at the foot of Jebel et Tarif, near the villages of Debba and Hamra-Doum. Sometimes the find is identified by the name of the nearest town, Nag Hammadi, and sometimes by the name of the ancient village, Chenoboskion, famed for the nearby monastery of Pachomius. The locale is north of the great bend in the Nile, about 100 kilometers downstream fro Luxor.


Library at the Katz Center - Archives Room Manuscript. BT1392.A75 H46 1961.

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