The Mandaean Refugee Crisis

The last two presentations were by Erica Hunter and by Layla al-Roomi and another Mandaean, and they focused on the situation of Mandaeans today. Mandaeans face discrimination and persecution in their historic homelands in Iran and Iran, and in the diaspora they face the difficulty of trying to preserve their heritage when they may have [Read More…]

Abiding Questions

In working on my conference paper on lightworld visitors to Jerusalem in the Mandaean Book of John, I've been looking up related passages in the Nag Hammadi texts. Below is a passage from “The Sophia of Jesus Christ,” which always strikes me, because the response of Philip on behalf of the disciples describes something that [Read More…]

Agnostic Theists and Other Varieties

I came across this image today on Reddit: It poses two axes, knowledge and belief. But one of them strikes me as peculiar. Why is the one that runs from left to right categorized as having to do with “belief”? It seems to me that a graphic that explores religious and non-religious options, and the [Read More…]

Happy Valentinus Day

A pun on the name of the famous Gnostic teacher Valentinus, made by a commenter on a recent post, led me to think that there ought to be Gnostic Valentines for Valentine’s Day – or should that be Valentinus Day? Here are a few I came up with: No, they are not supposed to be taken seriously. [Read More…]

John the Baptist and the Gnostics

Miguel Conner has an article in The Examiner highlighting the various mentions of and views about John the Baptist in Gnostic sources. In it, he links to one of the chapters I translated from the Mandaean Book of John! There is a need for a detailed scholarly treatment of this topic. When G. R. S. [Read More…]

Is the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife a Fake?

Let me start with the news that Mark Goodacre shared a pdf of an article written by Francis Watson, arguing that the recently-found Coptic papyrus that has been dubbed the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” is a fake. He followed that up with a second shorter pdf on the forger’s alleged technique. Some are already pronouncing [Read More…]

3 Jesus’ Wife (With Fill in the Blank at the End)

There’s been even more blogged and discussed about the “Jesus’ wife” Coptic fragment since my last round-up. Most of what I have seen on blogs I read regularly have been wise, balanced, scholarly perspectives. Don Burrows clarifies the difference between absurd media claims and what Karen King and other scholars are saying. Craig Evans offers [Read More…]

Coptic Text Mentions Jesus’ Wife

The New York Times, the Harvard Gazette, The Huffington Post and other media outlets are breaking the news that Karen King, a scholar well known for her work on the phenomenon usually referred to as “Gnosticism,” has come into possession of and has been studying a Coptic papyrus fragment which is likely to be authentic, [Read More…]

Prada Perfect Mind

Via a review of Elaine Pagels’ latest book, Revelations, in The New Yorker, I learned of a Prada perfume commercial featuring text from one of the Gnostic works found at Nag Hammadi, “Thunder, Perfect Mind.” Here’s the video: I truly wonder what the ancient author and early readers of the text would make of its [Read More…]

Review of Roberge, The Paraphrase of Shem

My review of Michel Roberge’s book The Paraphrase of Shem (NH VII,1): Introduction, Translation and Commentary has been published in Review of Biblical Literature. Click through if you’d like to read it. [Read more…]


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