The Gospel of Thomas was discovered in 1945/47 as a part of the Nag Hammadi collection of 52 early Christian documents found in central Egypt. The Gospel of Thomas is perhaps the most famous of the Nag Hammadi collection, and has been published numerous times since the late 1970s. It is important overall because it is a heretofore unknown and complete document of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus. These sayings--a minority of which exist in the canonical gospels--are often beautifully poetic. Like a number of the 'new' ANNT works, its importance as a part of the ANNT is that although it has been published many times before, it has never been published alongside the canonical gospels and the rest of the New Testament. In other words, ANNT gives it a new authority and ranks it among the important gospels of Christianity.


The Gospel of Mary was discovered in Egypt in the late 19th century, but only published in the mid-to-late 20th century. Like The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary has been quite widely published, but never given the same rank and authority as the New Testament literature. The Gospel of Mary is a the first gospel with a female protagonist. It contains a wide range of new teachings in the mouth of both Jesus and Mary (Magdalene). It exists in two partial manuscripts only, and has substantial gaps in its presentation. It was the top vote-getter by ANNT's Council.


The Gospel of Truth was also discovered at Nag Hammadi in the same jar as The Gospel of Thomas. It has been previously published as a part of the publication of the 52 Nag Hammadi documents, but it is not generally known at all by the public. Sounding more like a speech or Pauline letter, it contains some of the most beautiful and novel poetry of early Christianity.


The Thunder: Perfect Mind was also discovered at Nag Hammadi, and its Nag Hammadi manuscript is the only one known. Thunder has been rather spectacularly greeted by famous artists around the world, including filmmaker Ridley Scott and novelists Toni Morrison and Umberto Eco (each of whom has produced works including the Thunder text). But there has been little attention to it outside the artistic community. It is an extended poem in the voice of the divine female with powerful imagery. Its appearance in ANNT will almost certainly be considered one of the most evocative and attractive texts (the ANNT Council, which by and large had never heard of it, made it the second highest vote getter).


The Odes of Solomon I is a set of 11 songs and poems very much like the biblical book of Psalms, except with explicit Christ-related content. Some of these 'psalms' are spoken in/by the voice of Christ. The Odes represent the earliest and most extensive collection of early Christian worship material. Its poetry is powerful and original. Discovered in the late 19th century and published in several scholarly collections, these odes are by and large unknown to the American public or churches.

The Odes of Solomon II is the second set of these "Christian" odes. See above. In the ANNT it is positioned as the spiritual introduction to the regular New Testament's post-Pauline letters.

The Odes of Solomon III is the third set of these odes. See above. In the ANNT it is positioned as the spiritual introduction to the so-called catholic and pastoral epistles of the existing New Testament.

The Odes of Solomon IV is the fourth set of these odes. See above. In the ANNT it is positioned as the spiritual introduction to canonical and non-canonical literature associated with John.


The Prayer of Thanksgiving is the first book of A New New Testament. A short and heretofore almost completely unknown prayer from the earliest eras of Christianity, it acts as a surprising and tender spiritual invocation for all the ANNT collection of traditional and unfamiliar documents. Its only copy exists and was discovered in the Nag Hammadi collection.


The Prayer of the Apostle Paul is a short prayer, ostensible from Paul. Found as the opening prayer to the Nag Hammadi collection, its postion in the ANNT serves as the spiritual gateway to the letters of Paul.


The Acts of Paul and Thecla is a dramatic story of the young early Christian woman teacher Thecla, her self-baptism, and her fight against male domination and Roman imperial oppression. Existing in a number of different manuscript forms (not unlike the existing New Testament documents), the Acts of Paul and Thecla have been published in various collections, but are mostly unknown to the American public and the American churches.


The Letter of Peter to Philip is a graphic and creative address to Roman persecution of early Christians. It charts a strategy that is neither collaborative with Rome not inevitably martryological. It also comes from the Nag Hammadi collection, has been as such published in scholarly anthologies, but is completely unknown to the American public and churches.


The Secret Revelation of John is the only early Christian narrative from the beginning of time to the end of the world. Framed in dramatic opposition to Roman imperial power, it tells a new story of the universe that ends in joy and non-violence because of the teachings (not redemptive death) of the Christ. It also belongs to the Nag Hammadi collection, and is almost completely unknown outside of scholarly anthologies.



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