Bentley Layton

Bentley Layton (born 12 August 1941), is Professor of Religious Studies (Ancient Christianity) and Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Coptic) at Yale University (since 1983). He is a Harvard-educated scholar who has been central to the late 20th-century ''Rediscovery of Gnosticism'', which was the title of the international conference he hosted at Yale in 1980 and the volume that came of it. His interests lie in the History of Christianity from its origins until the rise of Islam, Gnostic studies and Coptic.

With a ''summa cum laude'' thesis on the Nag Hammadi Gnostic Coptic Treatise on the Resurrection, which he presented in a critical edition in 1978, he has moved on to present critical editions of other texts: ''The Hypostasis of the Archons, Or, The Reality of the Rulers...'', serialized in ''Harvard Theological Review'' 67 (1974) 351—425 and 69 (1976) 1—71, and others. His most accessible book is ''The Gnostic Scriptures: A New Translation with Annotations'' (Garden City: Doubleday & Co., 1987), which presents some of the enigmatic literature of gnostic Christianity for nonspecialists. He sets his selection of gnostic scripture, the writings of Valentinus and his followers, and related writings that display gnostic tendencies within the broader context of Early Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism, with generous introductions and plentiful annotations.

For specialists, Layton's Coptic grammar is a standard text. He catalogued all the Coptic manuscripts in the British Library. He is a board member on the '' Harvard Theological Review'' and the ''Journal of Coptic Studies''. Provided by Wikipedia
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Published 2017
From gnostics to monastics : studies in coptic and early christianity in honor of Bentley Layton /

: ix, 535 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm. : 9789042934009

Coptic in 20 lessons : introduction to Sahidic Coptic with exercises & vocabularies /

: viii, 204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. : 9042918101

A Coptic grammar : with chrestomathy and glossary : Sahidic dialect /

: xxi, 544 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm. : Includes bibliographical references (pages xviii-xxi) and indexes. : 3447048336 : 0554-7342 ;

Published 2014
The canons of our Fathers : monastic rules of Shenoute /

: xi, 359 pages ; illustrations ; 25 cm. : Includes bibliographical references and index. : 9780199582631
0199582637 : Noura

Published 1989
Nag Hammadi Codex II, 2-7, together with XIII, 2* Brit. Lib. Or. 4926(1) and P. Oxy. 1, 654, 655 : I. Gospel According to Thomas, Gospel According to Philip, Hypostasis of the Arch...

: 1 online resource. : Includes bibliographical references and index. : 9789004438897

Published 2004
Coptic Gnostic chrestomathy a selection of Coptic texts with grammatical analysis and glossary

: Coptic text with introduction in English. : 226 p. 23 cm. : Includes bibliographical references. : 9042912545 (pbk.)

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