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Gospel of Truth
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A noncanonical work from Nag Hammadi Codex I written in the Coptic language. A reflection on Jesus by someone who claims to experience “the truth” that supposedly brings people from the “fog [of] error” and ignorance into “light.” The work’s title comes from its incipit “The gospel of truth is joy.” The Gospel of Truth was never widely authoritative in the early church period and church father Irenaeus’ mention of it in his work against heresies seems to indicate that he viewed it as heretical (see Adversus Haereses 3.11.9).
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Gospel of Truth
Gospel of Truth A noncanonical work from Nag Hammadi Codex I written in the Coptic language. A reflection on Jesus by someone who claims to experience “the truth” that supposedly brings people from the “fog [of] error” and ignorance into “light.” The work’s title comes from its incipit “The gospel of
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Truth, Gospel of
TRUTH, GOSPEL OF (NHC I, 3; XII, 2). Comprising the third, well-preserved treatise in Codex I of the Nag Hammadi library and the second, very fragmentary piece in Codex XII, this text’s title is derived from its opening phrase. The work is written in the sub-Achmimic dialect of Upper Egypt and consists
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Truth, Gospel Of
Truth, Gospel of (I, 3; XII, 2)A gnostic sermon or reflection upon the gospel, discovered at Nag Hammadi. This tractate is a rhetorical masterpiece and can be described as both gnostic and Valentinian. It exists in two Coptic recensions found in Codices I, 3 (Subakhimic) and XII, 2 (Sahidic). Since
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Truth, Gospel of (Writing)
Truth, Gospel of. *Perhaps the best-written and most sublime of all the writings in the ancient library discovered at Nag Hammadi, and one of the clearest surviving statements of Christian Gnosticism. The work was composed in Greek during the middle to late second century A.D. and is perhaps from the
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Truth, Gospel of (Writing)
Truth, Gospel of. A Gnostic document included in two forms in the Nag Hammadi Library (NHC I, 3; XII, 2 [the latter poorly preserved]). In spite of its title, the work contains no narrative, nor does it report the sayings of Jesus, but is rather a kind of homily or meditation on Christ, emphasizing the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
TRUTH, GOSPEL OF
TRUTH, GOSPEL OF. The Gospel of Truth (NHC I, 3) is an early Christian sermon on the saving function of Jesus Christ. This 4th-cent. Coptic text is probably a translation of a Greek work known to Irenaeus (ca. 180 ce) as the Valentinian “Gospel of Truth” (Haer. 3.11.9). Sahidic fragments in NHC XII,