Much of the formation of early Christian doctrine took place against the heretical teaching and writing of a philosophic-religious movement which flourished in formative Christian times, Gnosticism. But not until 1945 was there at hand any complete Gnostic document so important to a complete understanding of our Christian heritage. In that year a group of peasants, digging in a 4th century Christian tomb, found a library of complete works including the Gnostic document, The Gospel of Truth. Dr. Kendrick Grobel, professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt Divinity School, has translated this book from the Ancient Coptic, with annotations and commentary. The document should receive a warm welcome for the new opportunities it provides for further study of the New Testament and early church history.