Department of Religious Studies

Meeting of the Nag Hammadi & Gnosticism Network: Letter from Peter to Philip

Wed, November 16, 2016 | see flier

9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

The Department of Religious Studies will host the 2016 meeting of the Nag Hammadi and Gnosticism Network (NHGN) from Nov 16-18. The NHGN is an international community of both junior and senior scholars dedicated to the translation, interpretation, and contextualization of ancient Jewish, Christian, and philosophical texts traditionally classified under the broad rubric of “Gnosticism.” Most of these texts were discovered near the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945 and are written in Coptic, the latest stage of the Egyptian language. Historically a generous grant from the Finnish government funded an annual gathering of the NHGN at various locations throughout northern Europe; however, seven years ago the funding ran out. Fortunately, young scholars at North American institutions such as the University of Laval, Yale, Princeton, and Harvard have ensured the endurance of this important scholarly collaborative by organizing annual meetings of the NHGN at their own institutions.

Over the course of three days, scholars will read through the Coptic text of an important third-century Christian text, the Letter of Peter to Philip. The text touches upon themes such as martyrdom, Jewish-Christian relations, and divine revelation. Hugo Lundhaug, professor at the University of Oslo and noted scholar in the field of Nag Hammadi Studies, will deliver a keynote address. Members of the NHGN, including three from our own department, will also give presentations (approx 20 minutes each) on a variety of topics in the field of Nag Hammadi and Gnostic studies.  


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