3. The Nag Hammadi Codices
The Nag Hammadi Codices are a vast collection of Christian manuscripts that remained buried in the Egyptian desert for an astonishing 1,600 years and were only unearthed in 1945. They collectively form the basis for Christian Gnosticism, which is now only starting to be pieced together today, after lying dormant for over 1,600 years, much like the mummies of ancient Egypt. Attempts were made to destroy a number of narrative-deviating works as ancient early Christian politics began to form a uniform message. Many works that we now know of today were excluded from the Holy Bible for political and religious reasons, and the Nag Hammadi Codices are the mother lode of these. They contain the only complete text of the Gospel of Thomas, one of the most interesting books, largely a collection of the supposed sayings of Jesus.
This is a massive library offering alternative accounts of the life of Jesus, comprised of 52 texts in 13 leather-bound volumes. Early Christianity had a lot more sects and texts than we can even begin to know about, like an ocean of mystery, and this great find has shed a lot of light on the inner workings of the beliefs of early Christians. They give us alternate accounts and thought processes, new stories to think upon, and new allegories to consider and completely change the world of Christianity outside of the common narrative of the traditional Church. The Gnostic approach sheds an almost occult-like light on Christianity.