>Classics & Religious Studies


Cotner Professor of Religious Studies 
Charles J. Mach University Professor of Classics and History 

Department of Classics and Religious Studies 
238 Andrews Hall 
Lincoln, Nebraska 
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 68588-0337 

Voice: (402) 472-7008 
FAX: (402) 472-9771 
E-Mail: jturner2@unl.edu



Professional History

Some Memberships and Offices held


My principal areas of interest are biblical studies, especially New Testament; Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman religion and philosophy; Gnosticism; later Platonism and Neoplatonism; and Coptic language and literature.


At Nebraska, I regularly teach courses in Religious Studies:
    Ways of Western Religion [CLAS/RELG 206G],
    Early Christianity [CLAS/HIST/RELG 307/807],
    Comparative Religion [CLAS/HIST/RELG 308],
    Religions and Philosophies of Late Antiquity [CLAS/HIST/RELG 409/809],
    Gnosticism[CLAS/RELG 410/810];
and in Classical Greek:
    Plato[GREK 372],
    Seminar in Greek Philosophical Prose [GREK 961/2];
 and in Biblical languages:
    New Testament Greek [GREK 373],
    Introduction to Coptic [CLAS 300E].


A few of my more important publications are:

A. My dissertation:

B. English Translations and Introductions of various treatises from the Nag Hammadi Codices discovered in Egypt, December 1945:

"The Book of Thomas the Contender," "The Interpretation of Knowledge," "A Valentinian Exposition," "Allogenes," "Hypsiphrone," and "The Trimorphic Protennoia," in The Nag Hammadi Library in English (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1977; paperback edition 1984; San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1977, paperback edition 1981); third, completely revised edition, R. Smith and J. M. Robinson, eds. (San Francisco: Harper & Row and E. J. Brill, 1988; paperback edition San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1990; unaltered fourth revised edition, Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1996).

From Codex II:

From Codex VII:

From Codex VIII:

From Codex X:

From Codex XI:

From Codex XIII:

Critical text editions:

C.  Books and articles dealing mostly with the relation between Gnosticism and Platonism, and with the nature of a religious movement of the first three centuries CE, known as "Gnostic Sethianism":