A farmer named Muhammad Ali is seeking fertile ground to spread across his field. Using a wheelbarrow and large wicker baskets, he creates the fertile soil in the baskets. In addition, he suddenly encounters a large earthen jar. The farmer knows that he is on the floor of a very old cemetery. But the cemetery is long since out of use. Also nearby is a very old ruins of a monastery dating from the second or third century AD.
Muhammad digs farther from the jar and put it temporarily aside to retrieve it at the end of his workday. His intuition told him that there is something in the jar. But he dare not open the jar at first, because he is afraid that there might be a jinn is in. So he throws the jar later piece. To his surprise, there are a number of old books in the jar.
Muhammad soon realized that the writings had something to do with the Christian faith have to do, so he considered it in the first place no value. He even had some papyri stoked the fire. But later discovered Muhammad and his friends that there is commercial value in these books sat on the black market of Egyptian antiquities. And so they were slowly but surely known in the Western world.
In 367 wrote the bishop of Alexandria, Bishop Athanasius, a so-called Easter letter in which he called everyone to writings that did not belong to the New Testament, instituted by destroying the Roman Catholic Church. The writings that were found in Nag Hammadi have since been so apocryphal writings. That means that they are no longer recognized by Roman Catholic Church. Perhaps the Nag Hammadi writings have ever hidden because they feared for the destruction of these texts. But the truth about it, we will unfortunately never know.
Even though his writings after 1700 in secret to have been in a terrible state, they have fortunately been preserved in part. Most of the texts of the Nag Hammadi texts were edited by Gnostics. There are also some Hermetic writings and an excerpt from The Republic of the Greek philosopher Plato preserved. In broad terms, we can say that the scriptures include:
- Writings about Jesus Christ
- Writings about Hermes Trismegistus
- Creation Myths
- Redemption Lyrics
Especially the role of Mary Magdalene in the life of Jesus Christ and the Christian vision of women at that time was startling because the current Christianity women just sets in the background, while the early Christian writings speak of an absolute equality between men and women. This discovery is unprecedented and therefore give a different perception of life around Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of Thomas became known thanks to the fact that there are in the sayings of Jesus Christ which he would have done to his audience. The words of Jesus Christ are very noticeable because it witnessed a huge mental clarity. Also, people knowledge and insight into the human psyche is very high level.
The Bible contains sayings of Jesus that are often vague and can be interpreted in different ways. However, by reading his original statements in the Nag Hammadi writings, his statements are now clear and understandable. It is therefore not surprising that there is much interest in these writings by Christians.
Hermes is equivalent to the Egyptian god Thoth, or Theuth which became known by images of a man with a ibiskop. He is one of the gods who would rule over scholars and writers. Hermes became a priest scholar who would have lived in the time of Moses. He would also have countless books written about all the mysteries of science and religion.
- The Secret Book of John
- The origin of the world
- The essence of powers
- The Sacred Book of the Great Invisible Spirit
- Eugnostos the Blessed and The Sophia of Jesus Christ
- Triple Discourse
The word gospel ?? ?? literally means good news ?? ??. The Nag Hammadi texts are also many faithful enriches the life of Jesus Christ and an inner floor in their Christian faith.