Lance Jenott

Lance Jenott

Lecturer in Classics and Religious Studies
PhD, Princeton University
research interests:
  • New Testament
  • Christian Origins
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Greek and Coptic languages
  • Greco-Roman Philosophy
  • Classical Civilizations
  • Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Campus Box 1050
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Lance Jenott teaches courses in classics and religious studies, with a focus on early Christianity and classical civilizations. 

Jenott's research interests include New Testament and Christian origins, second temple Judaism, and religions of antiquity. His Hermeneia Series commentary on the Gospel of Judas is under contract with Fortress Press.

Current Research

Hermeneia Series commentary on the Gospel of Judas. Under contract with Fortress Press.

Selected Publications


The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices, co-authored with Hugo Lundhaug. Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity 97. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015.

The Gospel of Judas: Coptic Text, Translation, and Historical Interpretation of the ‘Betrayer’s Gospel.’ Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity 64. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011.

Edited Volumes

The Nag Hammadi Codices and Late Antique Egypt, co-edited with Hugo Lundhaug. Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018.

Jewish and Christian Cosmogony in Late Antiquity, co-edited with Sarit Kattan Gribetz. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 155. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013.

Beyond the Gnostic Gospels: Studies Building on the Work of Elaine Pagels, co-edited with Eduard Iricinschi, Nicola Denzey Lewis and Philippa Townsend. Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity 82. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013.

Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World: Essays in Honour of John D. Turner, ed. Kevin Corrigan and Tuomas Rasimus, in collaboration with Dylan Burns, Lance Jenott and Zeke Mazur. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Reading Variants in James and the Apocalypse of James: A Perspective from New Philology.” In Snapshots of Evolving Traditions: Jewish and Christian Manuscript Culture, Textual Fluidity, and Material Philology, ed. Liv Ingebord Lied and Hugo Lundhaug; Texte und Untersuchungen zur Geschichte der altchristlichen Literatur; Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.

“Production, Distribution, and Ownership of Books in the Monasteries of Upper Egypt: The Evidence of the Nag Hammadi Codices,” co-authored with Hugo Lundhaug in Monastic Education in Late Antiquity: The Transformation of Classical Paideia, ed. Samuel Rubenson and Lillian Larsen; Cambridge University Press, 2016.

“Clergy, Clairvoyance, and Conflict: The Synod of Latopolis and the Problem with Pachomius’ Visions.” In Beyond the Gnostic Gospels (see above), 320–34.

“Recovering Adam’s Lost Glory: Nag Hammadi Codex II in its Egyptian Monastic Environment.” In Jewish and Christian Cosmogony (see above), 222–43.

“Emissaries of Truth and Justice: The Seed of Seth as Agents of Divine Providence.” In Gnosticism, Platonism and the Late Ancient World (see above), 43–62.

“The Gospel of Judas 45,6–7 and Enoch’s Heavenly Temple.” In The Codex Judas Papers: Proceedings of the International Congress on the Tchacos Codex held at Rice University, Houston, Texas, March 13–16, 2008, ed. April D. DeConick, 471–77. Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies 71. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices

The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices

Hugo Lundhaug and Lance Jenott examine the provenance of the Nag Hammadi Codices and defend the view that they were produced and read by Christian monks of Upper Egypt in the fourth and fifth centuries. Eschewing the modern classification of these texts as "Gnostic," the authors analyze the codices in the context of the diverse monastic culture of late antique Egypt, with special attention to monasticism in the Thebaid and controversies over extra-canonical books and the theological legacy of Origen. The question of ownership is examined by means of a detailed study of the Nag Hammadi Codices' scribal notes and colophons, the cartonnage papyri from the leather covers, and scribal habits and codicology, seen in comparison with contemporary Coptic and Greek biblical manuscripts, as well as a range of sources for Upper Egyptian monasticism.