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The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age


The best text and the best translation are presented in this classic introductory book to the Gospel of Thomas

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The best text and the best translation are presented in this classic introductory book to the Gospel of Thomas

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  • ISBN-13: 9780567549068
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 12/29/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,280,300
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Patterson is Associate Professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary and author of The God of Jesus: The Historical Jesus and the Search for Meaning (Trinity Press).

James M. Robinson is editor of The Nag Hammadi Library.

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Table of Contents

Introduction/English Translation/Interpreting the Gospel of Thomas today/The Story of the Nag Hammadi Library/Further Reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2004

    Waste of time & money.

    The translation of the Gospel of Thomas presented in this book is exellect, but widely available in any other book on Gnosticism. The sixth section of Patterson's essay (The Theology of the Gospel of Thomas) is the grossest mis-assesment of the Gospel of Thomas and of Gnosticism that I've ever read. He simply does not understand the topic on which he is writing, and the examples of this are too numerous to list. Robinson's history of the Nag Hammadi library is one of the more accessible out there, but it doesn't warrant the $15 price tag. As an alternative, I would suggest Jean Doresse's book 'The Secret Books of the Egyptian Gnostics'. Nevermind the title -- this is a scholarly work! Doresse gives a fantastic, comprehensive history of Gnosticism and related mystic/ascetic traditions, a complete translation of The Gospel of Thomas, and a summary of the contents of the Codices found at Chenoboskion (Doresse was one of the translators).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2002

    Must read for believer and non-believer alike.

    If you are interested in either early christianity, gnosticism, or ancient texts this is a must read. Patterson and Robinson, both emanant scholars in ancient texts were among the first to translate the Coptic text of Thomas, found among the Nag Hammadi codices, into English. The authors offer their take on the authorship and date of the text as well as those of other scholars. Whether the Gospel of Thomas was written prior to the synoptic gospels or even by Thomas, this book offers the reader a view into the culture and mind of the early Christian and Jewish believers.

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