Black Spirituality Religion : The Gospel of Thomas

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  1. Radical Faith

    Radical Faith Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of traditional sayings, prophecies, proverbs, and parables of Jesus. The Coptic Gospel of Thomas was translated from the Greek; in fact, several fragments of this Greek version have been preserved, and can be dated to about 200 C.E. Thus the Greek (or even or Aramaic) collection was composed in the period before about 200 C.E., possibly as early as the second half of the first century, in Syria, Palestine, or Mesopotamia. The authorship of the Gospel of Thomas is attributed to Didymos Judas Thomas, that is, Judas "the Twin," who was an apostle of Jesus.

    A primary criticism to the Gospel of Thomas is of its Gnostic origin. This is primaraly due to the fact most ancient Gnostic writings are in Coptic and that the Gospel of Thomas was found among other Gnostic writings. This is a clear case of judgement by association. Greek fragments older than the Coptic version prove the Gospel of Thomas predates Gnosticism so the Gnostic bias should be removed.
     
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    Thank you for sharing this!....I'll be doing some studying and research.
     
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