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The Gospel of Thomas

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In this commentary, Simon Gathercole provides a detailed analysis of the most controversial of all early Christian apocrypha, the Gospel of Thomas.

The Gospel of Thomas

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The discovery of the complete text of the Gospel of Thomas in 1945 is one ofhe most important findings for students of Christian origins in recent times.his Gospel, made up entirely of sayings of Jesus, presents us with an earlyhristian document that understands Jesus in surprising and different ways.here are no narratives about his birth, death or resurrection, no miracletories; he is not even called Christ. But scholars have so far been unableo agree on the origin of this book. Where does it come from? Who wrote it?hen was it written? Is it a Christian text? Is it heretical? In this lively,ucid and up-to-date introduction to the Gospel of Thomas, Mark Goodacrenravels the mysteries of this fascinating and enigmatic text. The Gospel ofhomas: A Short Introduction provides a history and a fresh translation, andocates the document in the early to mid second century, the product of aroup of ascetics who looked to rediscover Eden and thought that they heldhe key to the secret teachings of the person they called the living Jesus.

The Gospel of Thomas

Author : Uwe-Karsten Plisch
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The Gospel of Thomas, a collection of words of Jesus, is one of the most significant extrabiblical texts of the early Christian era. This edition presents the texts in the classical languages and provides an English translation and a readily readable commentary. It includes: An introduction to the Gospel of Thomas The complete Coptic text The text of the Greek fragments and a Greek retranslation of all logia with parallel texts from the canonical gospels An English translation An extensive commentary Illustrations of the Coptic manuscript An appendix with an index and bibliography The introduction and commentary do not assume knowledge of the classical languages, making the Gospel of Thomas accessible to a broad audience. Dr. Uwe-Karsten Plisch is a renowned specialist in extrabiblical texts of the early Christian era (2nd/3rd centuries). He participates in the German translation of the texts from Nag Hammadi

The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom

Author : Stevan L. Davies
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Discovered in Egypt in 1945 as part of the Nag Hammadi Library, the Gospel of Thomas was long considered irrelevant to the study of Jesus' teachings. Stevan Davies' influential The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom overturned this view, and enabled the Gospel of Thomas to be taken seriously as a source for the earliest Christianity. This Bardic Press edition brings a classic work of accessible scholarshp back into print. A entirely new forty page introduction discusses recent developments in scholarship, looks at Thomas' independence from the New Testament gospels, discusses the role of Mary Magdalene in the Gospel Thomas, and offers a variety of valuable insights. A fascinating additional essay speculates that Thomas may have been used as an oracle text in a similar way to the I Ching.

The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas

Author : Simon Gathercole
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This groundbreaking study argues that the Gospel of Thomas was written in Greek and influenced by New Testament writings.

The Gospel of Thomas

Author : Richard Valantasis
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This volume offers the first full commentary on the Gospel of Thomas, a work which has previously been accessible only to theologians and scholars. Valantasis provides fresh translations of the Coptic and Greek text, with an illuminating commentary, examining the text line by line. He includes a general introduction outlining the debates of previous scholars and situating the Gospel in its historical and theological contexts. The Gospel of Thomas provides an insight into a previously inaccessible text and presents Thomas' gospel as an integral part of the canon of Biblical writings, which can inform us further about the literature of the Judeo-Christian tradition and early Christianity.

The Acts of Thomas

Author : Klijn
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This is the second edition of a book published in 1962. Subsequently, much has been written about Syriac Christianity, which made it necessary to rewrite the original introduction of this book - and many additions have been made to its great number of references.

The Gospel of Thomas

Author : Lynn Bauman
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The discovery of the Gospel of Thomas has created an immense flurry of curiosity and speculation. Is the text authentic? Are these the true sayings of Jesus? If they are, what does this mean for contemporary faith? In this new edition of Lynn Bauman's unique work, readers are able to read this controversial with the help of Bauman's sensitive introduction to the Gospel of Thomas, his literal-academic translaton, then his fresh translation based on the principle of "dynamic equivalency,", which propels the reader/listener into an equivalent experience of the language and meaning of the original Coptic text but in English. It is therefore fresher, more poignant, more direct, and more understandable without being a paraphrase. Bauman also includes notes on translation choices and "Questions for Reflection." This enables the reader to make discoveries on his or her own. Bauman brings this important "secret" gospel to life, with its radical view of Jesus as a Master of Wisdom, as a text to be utilized for contemporary spiritual practice.

The Gospel of Thomas

Author : Andrew Harvey
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The Gospel of Thomas - a book of sayings and wisdom of Jesus compiled as early or earlier than the New Testament gospels - can transform your spiritual life. There are many academic commentaries on the Gospel of Thomas, but this book has a different aim. It is meant to be a guidebook, that is, a translation of the sayings into daily practice. The goal of such practice is to become Jesus's twin. This does not, of course, mean becoming an olive - skinned, bearded Mediterranean peasant wearing sandals. It is more about manifesting in our lives the same Christ consciousness revealed in the person we know as Jesus of Nazareth. - from the Introduction In the decades since its discovery, the Gospel of Thomas has intrigued people of all faiths around the world. Shedding new light on the origins of Christianity, the Gospel of Thomas raises questions about whether the New Testament's version of Jesus's teachings is entirely accurate and complete. In the Gospel of Thomas we see Jesus as a wisdom - loving sage, sharing aphorisms about the value of the present and each person's role in the creation of the Kingdom of God here on earth. But these inspiring sayings can leave you wondering, ''''What next?'''' Now you can learn how to start applying Jesus's wisdom to your own life - and, in turn, to the world around you. This unique guidebook leads you through Thomas, offering practices that help you translate Jesus's wisdom into a more fulfilling, enriching daily life, including: Becoming a Spiritual Adult Sorting Out the Old and the New Being a Healing Presence Daring to Be a City on a Hill God's Reign Calls for Ready Hands Spirituality Is Not Skygazing · And much more ...

The Infancy Gospels of James and Thomas

Author : Ronald F. Hock
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The infancy gospels emerged from early Christian interest in how Jesus was born and raised. Two of the earliest examples of this genre are the Infancy Gospel of James - actually the story of Mary - and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, which recounts stories of Jesus as a petulant child prodigy. Ronald Hock makes these important texts readily available for the first time, with an extensive introduction and enlightening notes. The original Greek text is presented on pages facing the fresh and idiomatic Scholars Version translation.

The Gospel of Thomas

Author : Marvin W. Meyer
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A fresh, authoritative English translation, with an informative introduction, fascinating explanatory notes, and the Coptic text, with interpretation by Harold Bloom, our pre–eminent literary critic.

An Introduction to The Gospels

Author : Mitchell G. Reddish
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An Introduction to the Gospels is designed to be a textbook for courses on the Gospels, for use at the college and beginning seminary level. Reflecting the most recent scholarship and written in an accessible style, the volume covers all four of the Gospels, including a survey of "the world of the Gospels". The book opens with a discussion of the origin, development, and interrelationships of the Four Gospels. After a chapter-length treatment of each canonical Gospel and the non-canonical Gospels, the work concludes with a discussion of the "historical Jesus" debate. In An Introduction to the Gospels, Mitchell G. Reddish: - provides a solid, convenient survey of the Gospels in an accessible textbook format - presents up-to-date scholarship in a field that has been dominated by older texts - gives a balanced presentation of the content of the Gospels

Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels

Author : Pheme Perkins
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In this book respected New Testament scholar Pheme Perkins delivers a clear, fresh, informed introduction to the earliest written accounts of Jesus — Matthew, Mark, and Luke — situating those canonical Gospels within the wider world of oral storytelling and literary production of the first and second centuries. Cutting through the media confusion over new Gospel finds, Perkins s Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels presents a balanced, responsible look at how the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke came to be and what they mean.

An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels

Author : Frederick James Murphy
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Jesus and the Gospels is one of the most popular religion courses at colleges, and it is required at many seminaries and divinity schools. This textbook, written by an award-winning educator, is designed for a semester-long course in both these settings. Moreover, it could be used as a supplementary text in courses on christology, the historical Jesus, New Testament literature, and the Bible. Murphy will provide an introduction to the gospels that does justice to the full range of modern critical methods and insights. He will discuss the implications of these methods for how we understand the nature of the gospels and how we can read them today. The chapters will sketch the portrait of Jesus that emerges from each gospel, and then examine the canonical view of Jesus by comparing and contrasting these pictures, as well as the ones that emerge from the non-canonical gospels and from the modern quest for the historical Jesus. Chapter list: Introduction, Theological and Historical Backgrounds; Chapter 1, What is a Gospel? Chapter 2, History of Critical Methods for Gospel Study; Chapter 3, The Gospel of Mark; Chapter 4, Q; Chapter 5, Matthew; Chapter 6, Luke; Chapter 7, John; Chapter 8, Other Gospels (Gospel of Thomas, Infancy Gospels, other Apocryphal Gospels); Chapter 8, Christian Interpretations of Jesus; Chapter 9, The Historical Jesus; Chapter 10, Conclusion; Glossary; Further Reading; Notes; Subject Index. (Charts, sidebars, illustrations, and maps.)

The Gospel According to Thomas

Author : André Gagné
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The Gospel of Thomas

Author : Hugh McGregor Ross
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A lecture exploring the testaments of early Christianity reveals how Thomas's thoughtful inquiries reflected and brought out the deepest truths that Jesus had to offer.

Jesus in the Gospels and Acts

Author : Daniel J. Scholz
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Engaging, scholarly, and theologically honest, this introductory textbook will be welcomed by students and professors alike. What do we really know about Jesus and how do we know it? Jesus in the Gospels and Acts: Introducing the New Testament explores these questions from the perspective of the New Testament--specifically the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, as well as the extracanonical gospels. Using language and concepts considerate of a religiously diverse undergraduate audience, the author explores issues of authorship, historicity, culture, and theology. Features include: "Check Your Reading" questions check the students' basic comprehension. "Do You Have the Basics?" puzzles check for comprehension through crosswords, word finds, sequencing, and matching activities. "Questions for Reflection" challenge the students to think more deeply about the reading's meaning and the implications for us today. "This book focuses on the central figure of the Christian Scriptures: Jesus. Arguably, no other figure in history has had more influence in shaping many of the religious and cultural norms in the world today. Whether you belong to a specific faith tradition or none at all, possessing a working knowledge of Jesus and the Gospels is important for religious, historical, and cultural literacy." --from the author's introduction

The Gospel of Thomas

Author : Ross Andrews
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The Gospel According to Thomas, commonly shortened to the Gospel of Thomas, is a well preserved early Christian, non-canonical sayings-gospel which many scholars believe provides insight into the Oral gospel traditions. It was discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in December 1945, in one of a group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library. The Gospel of Thomas was found among a collection of fifty-two writings that included, in addition to an excerpt from Plato's Republic, gospels claiming to have been written by Jesus's disciple Philip. Scholars have speculated that the works were buried in response to a letter from Bishop Athanasius who for the first time declared a strict canon of Christian scripture. [1] The Coptic language text, the second of seven contained in what modern-day scholars have designated as Codex II, is composed of 114 sayings attributed to Jesus.[2] Almost half of these sayings resemble those found in the Canonical Gospels, while it is speculated that the other sayings were added from Gnostic tradition.[3] Its place of origin may have been Syria, where Thomasine traditions were strong.[4] The introduction states: "These are the hidden words that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas wrote them down."[5] Didymus (Greek) and Thomas (Aramaic) both mean "twin." Some critical scholars suspect that this reference to the Apostle Thomas is false, and that therefore the true author is unknown.[6] It is possible that the document originated within a school of early Christians, possibly proto-Gnostics.[7] Some critics further claim that even the description of Thomas as a "gnostic" gospel is based upon little other than the fact that it was found along with gnostic texts at Nag Hammadi.[8] The name of Thomas was also attached to the Book of Thomas the Contender, which was also in Nag Hammadi Codex II, and the Acts of Thomas. It is important to note, however, that while the Gospel of Thomas does not directly point to Jesus' divinity, it also does not directly contradict it, and therefore neither supports nor contradicts gnostic beliefs. When asked his identity in the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus usually deflects, ambiguously asking the disciples why they do not see what is right in front of them. This is similar to passages in the canonical gospels like John 12:16 and Luke 18:34. The text itself, however, continuously reflects Gnostic teachings by continuously referring to Jesus's sayings as "secret" and "mysterious," which were common gnostic catchphrases.

The Apocryphal Gospels A Very Short Introduction

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The Gospel of Thomas

Author : Samuel Zinner
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A translation from Coptic and Greek texts of the Gospel of Thomas, with an in-depth study of the intellectual and historical circumstance of the text, including mystic Jewish and early Christian sources.