The Nag Hammadi Texts: Background information when reading The Book of Longings

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The Book of Longings

by Sue Monk Kidd

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The Nag Hammadi Texts

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Nag Hammadi Texts: The Gospel of Thomas and The Apocryphon of John Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Book of Longings was in part inspired by a work entitled "The Thunder, Perfect Mind." Narrated by a female divinity, the poem is one of over 50 ancient texts that were found near the town of Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945.

The tale surrounding the discovery of the works is fascinating in its own right. Several different accounts of how the texts were found have been pieced together from interviews and rumors, but they tend to mostly agree on certain key details: It is generally believed that a farmer named Muhammad 'Ali al-Samman, possibly with one or more of his brothers, was digging for fertilizer when he unearthed a large clay jar and broke it open. Inside were thirteen books, or codices, in Coptic script, which he gathered and took home. His mother burned several pages for fuel, but most were spared and given to the resident Coptic priest for storage. A local teacher happened to see them and sent one book to Cairo to be appraised; it ended up getting ...

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