Audio recording of The Thunder, Perfect Mind (without music) from The Nag Hammadi Library.

“The Thunder, Perfect Mind is an exhortatory poem discovered among the Gnostic manuscripts in the Nag Hammadi library in 1945. The Thunder, Perfect Mind (the title may alternately be translated The Thunder, Perfect Intellect) takes the form of an extended, riddling monologue, in which an immanent divine saviour speaks a series of paradoxical statements alternating between first-person assertions of identity and direct address to the audience. These paradoxical utterances echo Greek identity riddles, a common poetic form in the Mediterranean. Moreover, it is a non-epistolic, non-narrative unmediated divine speech.” SOURCE: Wikipedia

The translation of this poem is by George W. MacRae

Voiceover by Jennifer Sodini


For a version with music, please click here.


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