1st Apocalypse of James  

The First Apocalypse of James is also called the Revelation of Jacob, was first discovered amongst 52 other Gnostic Christian texts spread over 13 codices by an Arab peasant, Mohammad Ali al-Samman, in the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi late in December 1945.



Some of the details about James given in the text include:
* James was the head of the early church
* James was the most senior apostle
* James fled to Pella[citation needed] when the Romans invaded Jerusalem in 70AD. This contradicts the testimony of Josephus and Eusebius who both state that James was executed in Jerusalem in 62 AD.
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Year Written: (Assumed)
180-250 AD
Scripture Type:
Gnostic Apocalypse
Gnosticism is a modern term categorizing a collection of pre-Christian ancient religions whose adherents shunned the material world which they viewed as created by the demiurge; and instead embraced the spiritual world. To be Gnostic should be understood as someone who is receptive to mystical or esoteric experiences of direct participation with the divine being. Gnosis refers to intimate personal knowledge and insight from experience.
Discovered:
Nag Hammadi Library, Egypt 1945
The Nag Hammadi Library is a collection of 13 ancient books containing over 50 texts. This important discovery includes a number of primary "Gnostic Gospels" – texts which were assumed to have been destroyed during the early Christian conflicts.

All the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi can be viewed in the Gnostic Society Library website.
Further Reading:
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