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The Gospel According to Thomas
In 1945 thirteen volumes, or fragments of volumes, written on papyrus were found by chance near Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt. It appears that they had come from the library of a gnostic community and together comprised 49 works, written in Coptic and most of them unknown. None of the works included in the discovery has been so much discussed and has created so much interest ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published March 26th 2001 by Brill Academic Publishers
(first published 1959)
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Oct 22, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
I obtained this edition of the Nag Hammadhi Gospel of Thomas while back in Park Ridge, Illinois from New York during Union Theological Seminary's long winter intercession. My parents having broken up and the old house having been sold, I was staying with Valeria Laube and her son, a high school friend, Roy, at their home in town for the break. Roy had a job at Walden Books then and Valeria taught Italian at Loyola University in Chicago, so my weekdays were free. On the first of them I'd walked d ...more
Yeah, the construction of the Bible is about as absurd as believing it to be inerrant and free of contradiction (or morally wise in any transcendent way). Reading up on the history of it leads one to the various Gospels and other texts that were explicitly rejected from being included into this divinely breathed text. The Gospel of Thomas is particularly interesting for a number of reasons. There are some pantheistic notions there and other ideas found to be too contradictory (as if the Bible is ...more
Most of the time I think of Christianity as a sickness. I am reluctantly drawn to it because of it's familiar and absurd qualities. Also I love myths. With that said, the Gospel According to Thomas has some redeeming qualities. It's short, to the point and feels more Eastern than any of the other Gospels. "The kingdom is within you. The kingdom is without you." Unfortunately the Church is not really into self empowerment so Thomas didn't make the cut. Luckily in 1945 a dude in Egypt found it bur ...more