Charles J. Mach University Professor of Classics and History
Cotner Professor of Religious Studies
Department of Classics and Religious Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
238 Andrews Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0337
Voice: (402) 472-7008
John D. Turner, originator of the Religious Studies program at UN-L in 1976, teaches in the areas of Hellenistic, Graeco-Roman, and late antique religion, philosophy and literature, with emphasis in Early Christianity, Gnosticism, and later Greek philosophy. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the areas of Gnosticism and the Platonic tradition, having specialized in the restoration, conservation, translation, and interpretation of the thirteen fourth century papyrus codices from Nag Hammadi, Egypt, particularly the relation between Gnostic thought and late antique Greek philosophy. He is author/editor of thirteen books, including Sethian Gnosticism and the Platonic Tradition as well as edited Coptic text, translations, notes, and commentary to both English and French language critical editions of seven of the Nag Hammadi texts. With Kevin Corrigan of Emory University, he is presently preparing introductions and notes for the new Budé critical edition of Plotinus' Enneads V.8 and V.5 published by Les Belles Lettres in Paris, as well as a translation, introduction and commentary to Ennead VI.8 for Parmenides Press' new English language editions of Plotinus' complete works. In addition to serving on the editorial boards of Brill's Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies series and Editions Peeters' Bibliothèque copte de Nag Hammadi series, Dr. Turner regularly serves on doctoral supervisory committees and moderates seminars on Gnostic texts at major institutions in both North America and Europe.