9. The Dissemination of Religious Knowledge through Apocrypha in Egyptian Monasteries

The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity - Diana V. Edelman

Hugo Lundhaug [+-]
University of Oslo
Hugo Lundhaug is Professor of Biblical Reception and Early Christian Literature at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Theology, and scientific director of the interdisciplinary research school Authoritative Texts and Their Reception (ATTR). He has published books and articles on Coptic manuscripts and literature, monasticism, apocrypha, new philology, and cognitive theory, including Images of Rebirth: Cognitive Poetics and Transformational Soteriology in the Gospel of Philip and the Exegesis on the Soul (Leiden: Brill, 2010) and the co-authored (with Lance Jenott) The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015).

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This article addresses the dissemination of religious knowledge by means of apocryphal texts and traditions transmitted in Egyptian monasteries from late antiquity to the early Islamic period. Placing the apocryphal texts of the Nag Hammadi Codices within the broader context of Egyptian monastic literary practices, looking at monastic manuscript collections from the fourth to the twelfth centuries, the paper argues that the production and use of Apocrypha was not a marginal phenomenon in Egyptian monasticism. On the contrary, the transmission of Apocrypha played a significant role in the distribution of religious knowledge.

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Lundhaug, Hugo. 9. The Dissemination of Religious Knowledge through Apocrypha in Egyptian Monasteries. The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Nov 2021. ISBN 9781781798768. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37998. Date accessed: 19 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37998. Nov 2021

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