Nag Hammadi Texts

The Nag Hammadi Texts

In this series, Ron breaks down the Nag Hammadi texts and how they can be interpreted and, more importantly, practiced. If you’re looking for even more information on this subject, Ron’s book “The Gospel of Thomas: A Guidebook for Spiritual Practice” is a popular choice.

The Nag Hammadi Texts (also known as the “Nag Hammadi library” and the “Gnostic Gospels”) is a collection of early Christian texts discovered near the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi in 1945.

Thirteen leather-bound papyrus codices buried in a sealed jar were found by a farmer. The codices were written in Coptic. The most popular of these works, by many accounts, is the Gospel of Thomas, of which the Nag Hammadi codices contain the only complete text. You can learn more about the Nag Hammadi on Wikipedia.

The Talks

This recording (click to play below) was compiled from a series of recordings made at Common Ground in Deerfield, IL. The Nag Hammadi Texts program spanned six different Wednesdays from 23 February 2011 thru 6 April 2011. The files were grouped together in this audio file. Please forgive that the recording is not a seamless stream of content, as there will be a few seconds of chatter in between each of the six talks.

A big thank you to Common Ground for the recordings, which were then recovered and digitized in 2020 and finally made available here on what would have been Ron’s 83rd birthday, 17 April 2021.

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