Gospel of Thomas

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The Gospel of Thomas

“And he said ‘whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death.”” It was an intriguing opening. Marvin Meyer, in The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus, p. 68, suggests that Sirach 39:1-3 means the same as Thomas’ first line: " The wise men will seek out the wisdom of all the ancients, and will be occupied in the prophets. He will keep the sayings of renowned men, and will enter withal into the subtleties of parables. He will search out the hidden meanings of proverbs, and will be conversant in the secrets of parables.” Since the other Gospels of the New Testament were still being written or not yet written, Thomas could not be directing followers to the Synpotic Gospels, because they would not have been available. Thomas had to mean the figurative - to ponder on them – to think about them, and to find the deeper meaning behind them in order to find eternal life. Thomas expressed his belief simply and plainly, just as when he recognized Christ after he had risen in John 20:28, “My Lord and my God!” The simplicity sounds like it could have been Thomas.

Thomas was hardly quoted in the other Synoptic Gospels, but the words Christ said to Thomas in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” constructed one of the very foundational beliefs of Christianity. If one assumed Thomas was “a man of few words,” it would explain why he didn’t attempt to frame anything Jesus said, or to “speak” to a specific audience, such as Mark, Matthew and Luke. This, too, offered credence to the writer being Thomas.

If again, taken at first glance, the Gospel of Thomas posed some really fascinating questions: did Thomas’ writing increase or decrease the validity of other New Testament writings? Since the most complete version was just discovered mid-twentieth century, was there a case to include it as part of the New Testament? Did it fundamentally...
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