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NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY
DISCOVERED IN EGYPT
DECEMBER, 1945
AFTER 1500 YEARS

The great Seth wrote this book with letters in one hundred and thirty years. He placed it in a mountain that is called Charaxio, in order that, at the end of the times and eras,... it may come forth and reveal this incorruptible, holy race of the great Savior, and those that dwell with them in love, and the great, invisible, eternal Spirit, and his only begotten Son.

  - Gospel of the Egyptians NHC III 68, 10-26 (Translation by Alexander Bohlig and Frederik Wisse)

All photographs © Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Claremont, California

Top photograph: Jabal al-Tarif from a distance (the eastern escarpment of the Nile near the village of Hamra Dum). The Nag Hammadi Library was buried under a fallen boulder near the top of the talus.

Clockwise from middle left:

Site of the discovery - Photograph by Douglas Kuylenstierna. The arrow points to the position under the fallen boulder that Muhammad and Khalifah Ali al-Samman identified as the site of the discovery.

Codex II, opened at pages 50-51 - (the conclusion and subscript title of the Gospel of Thomas) - Photograph by Jean Doresse.

Excavated location under the fallen boulder identified by Muhammad and Khalifah Ali al-Samman - Photograph by Douglas Kuylenstierna

The Jabal al-Tarif cliff face, talus, and the valley below. The boulder extending like a finger down the talus marks the site of discovery - Inscribed Doresse