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Bentley Layton

Born: Aug 12, 1941

Nationality: United States

Bentley Layton

Date of Birth : Aug 12, 1941

Bentley Layton, is Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University. 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 67 351—425 and 69 1—71, and others. His most accessible book is The Gnostic Scriptures: A New Translation with Annotations, which presents some of the enigmatic literature of gnostic Christianity for nonspecialists.

Also known as

  • Bentley Reber Layton

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada
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