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Title: A Coptic Gnostic Chrestomathy: A Selection of Coptic Texts with Grammatical Analysis and Glossary
Author: Layton, Bentley
Publisher: Peeters; Publication Date: 2003
Paperback; ISBN: 9789042912540
Volumes: 1; Pages: 226
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Layton's Coptic Gnostic Chrestomathy is an essential tool for scholars and students of the Gnostic corpus. This text edition contains a large, representative selection of works in Coptic, ranging from Sethian Gnostic classics such as the Apocryphon of John to Valentinian works like the Gospel of Truth and Gospel of Philip to the Mesopotamian Gospel of Thomas and Book of Thomas the Contender, all but one from the Nag Hammadi manuscript hoard. Laid out in readable literary format, the Coptic text is analyzed into its component morphs, clarifying the grammatical structure at every point. Greek words are annotated in footnotes, and esoteric Gnostic vocabulary in Egyptian Coptic is covered in a separate glossary. A brief introduction to each work points to information on problems of dialect, grammar, manuscript, and scholarly bibliography.