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Jesus in the Nag Hammadi Writings


T&T Clark 1996

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Many of the Nag Hammadi writings are considered “heretical” and therefore not valid sources for traditions about the founder, Jesus. Majella Franzmann, however, shows that it is a mistake to believe that Christianity was a homogenous entity from the first and that the only valid traditions about the founder are preserved by those early Christians who became the dominant, mainstream group. The whole range of early Christian movements, including the Gnostic Christian movements, cannot be separated and identified simply as orthodox or heretical from the beginning. This volume presents a fascinating and innovative portrait of Jesus and of the world into which he came. Franzmann’s work advances our whole understanding of the origins, development and present identity of Christians and Christianity.

Praise for the Print Edition

This is the first comprehensive study of the Jesus figure in the Nag Hammadi writings… the author has done a marvelous job.

—Professor Hans-J. Klimkeit

Product Details

  • Title: Jesus in the Nag Hammadi Writings
  • Author: Majella Franzmann
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 318

About Majella Franzmann

Majella Franzmann is Professor of Comparative Religion at the University of New England, Australia.

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