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The 52 texts discovered in Nag Hammadi, Egypt include 'secret' gospels poems and myths attributing to Jesus sayings and beliefs which are very different from the New Testament.

But discovering, when he succeeded, that some pages were missing, he flew to Egypt in the spring of 1955 to try to find them in the Coptic Museum.

Rumors obscured the circumstances of this find--perhaps because the discovery was accidental, and its sale on the black market illegal.

For years even the identity of the discoverer remained unknown.

But a large part of the thirteenth codex, containing five extraordinary texts, was smuggled out of Egypt and offered for sale in America.

Word of this codex soon reached Professor Gilles Quispel, distinguished historian of religion at Utrecht, in the Netherlands.

According to its title, it contained the Gospel According to Thomas; yet, unlike the gospels of the New Testament, this text identified itself as a secret gospel. They said to him, "Why do you love her more than all of us?

Quispel also discovered that it contained many sayings known from the New Testament; but these sayings, placed in unfamiliar contexts, suggested other dimensions of meaning. " The Savior answered and said to them, "Why do I not love you as (I love) her?

Besides the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Philip, the find included the Gospel of Truth and the Gospel to the Egyptians, which identifies itself as "the [sacred book] of the Great Invisible [Spirit]." Another group of texts consists of writings attributed to Jesus' followers, such as the Secret Book of James, the Apocalypse of Paul, the Letter of Peter to Philip, and the Apocalypse of Peter. 120-150, since Irenaeus, the orthodox Bishop of Lyons, writing C. Some reasoned that since these gospels were heretical, they must have been written later than the gospels of the New Testament, which are dated c. But recently Professor Helmut Koester of Harvard University has suggested that the collection of sayings in the Gospel of Thomas, although compiled c. Why were these texts buried-and why have they remained virtually unknown for nearly 2,000 years? you may urge all those with whom you are connected to avoid such an abyss of madness and of blasphemy against Christ.