Law in the Letter of Peter to Philip

When you strip off from yourselves what is corrupted, then you will become illuminators in the midst of mortal men. – Letter of Peter to Philip, Codex VIII, 2

The Letter of Peter to Philip was translated from Nag Hammadi Codex VIII,2. The Nag Hammadi Codices, a set of fifty-two religious and philosophical texts, are so named because a peasant found them near Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Unfortunately, his family burned an unknown number of them as fuel before discovering they were valuable. They languished in the Coptic Museum at Cairo for years until a scholar came searching. See the full history at:

The Letter of Peter to Philip was translated from the Christian Gnostic Nag Hammadi Codex VIII,2, which dates from 170 to 220 A.D. We have used the Frederik Wisse translation for this list.


Wisse, Frederik, Trans. "The Letter of Peter to Philip." The Nag Hammadi Library. Ed. James M. Robinson. San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1981. 394-398.

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