Concept of Our Great Power

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Concept of Our Great Power refers to writing 28 of codex VI of the Nag Hammadi library.

The manuscript is dated from within approximately the middle of the fourth century CE.[1]

The text is primarily focused on apocalyptic concepts; it seems to relate back to Christian and even Jewish apocalyptic traditions at different points. Perhaps what makes Concept of our Great Power most Gnostic is its negative attitude toward the Old Testament God, its perspective on the corruption of the physical body, and its emphasis on the ultimate goal of the enlightened soul returning to the Light. The text specifically focuses on certain events such as the creation, the actions of the Redeemer, the antichrist, and the last triumph of the highest Power.[2]

He who would know our great Power will become invisible And fire will not be able to consume him...

— Translated by F. Wisse, in writing 28 of codex VI of the Nag Hammadi library.[3]


  1. ^ Scopello, Madeline (Atiya, Aziz Suryal, 1898-1988 (editor-in-chief) website The Coptic encyclopedia, volume 2 [Retrieved 2011-12-14]
  2. ^ director, James M. Robinson (1977). The Nag Hammadi Library : Chenoposkion Manuscripts English (1st U.S. ed.). New York: Harper & Row. pp. 284–289. ISBN 0-06-066929-2.
  3. ^ "The Nag Hammadi Library: The Concept of Our Great Power". The Gnostic Society Library. The Gnostic Society Library. Retrieved 18 October 2011.


External links[edit]

  • Claremont Graduate School. Institute for Antiquity and Christianity. Coptic Gnostic Library Project; Institute for Antiquity and Christianity (Claremont, Calif.) Coptic Gnostic Library Project (1988). James M. Robinson (ed.). The Nag Hammadi library in English. Brill Archive. ISBN 978-90-04-07185-8. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  • F E Williams, translated by F. Wisse, D.M.Parrott editor [Retrieved 2011-12-14]
  • James McConkey Robinson, Richard Smith, Francis E Williams, translated by F. Wisse Coptic Gnostic Library Project The Nag Hammadi library in English (549 pages) BRILL, 1996 ISBN 90-04-08856-3 [Retrieved 2011-12-14]