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Title: The Book of the Foreigner from Codex Tchacos
Author(s): JENOTT, Lance
Journal: Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists
Volume: 57 Date: 2020
This contribution presents a new edition, translation, and literary-historical analysis of the fourth tractate in Codex Tchacos, provisionally entitled the Book of Allogenes after its protagonist, Allogenes, 'the Foreigner'. Part 1 introduces the modern publication history of the tractate’s various fragments, the codicology of Codex Tchacos, and an outline of the tractate’s content. Part 2 presents an annotated Coptic edition and English translation, which for the first time includes all fragments of the manuscript discovered so far. Part 3 follows with an analysis of the tractate’s contents, its relationship with other early Christian gospels, especially the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of Mary, and apocryphal books known to Epiphanius of Salamis. In the final analysis, I suggest that the book was composed in the fourth century by Christian sectarians described by Epiphanius as the Archontics, among whom were semi-eremitic monastics.