The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated & Explained

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"In 1945, twelve ancient books were found inside a sealed jar at the base of an Egyptian cliff. One of those texts was the Gospel of Thomas, one of the most important religious archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century. While illuminating the origins of Christianity, it raises the question whether the New Testament's version of Jesus' teachings is entirely accurate and complete." "Written at the same time as the canonical Gospels, the Gospel of Thomas portrays Jesus as a wisdom-loving sage. The aphoristic sayings emphasize the value of
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Overview

"In 1945, twelve ancient books were found inside a sealed jar at the base of an Egyptian cliff. One of those texts was the Gospel of Thomas, one of the most important religious archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century. While illuminating the origins of Christianity, it raises the question whether the New Testament's version of Jesus' teachings is entirely accurate and complete." "Written at the same time as the canonical Gospels, the Gospel of Thomas portrays Jesus as a wisdom-loving sage. The aphoristic sayings emphasize the value of the present, teaching that the Kingdom of God is here and now, rather than a future promise or future threat. It presents a new way of looking at the challenging and intriguing figure of Jesus, and reminds us that the Divine can be found right here on earth." Now you can experience the Gospel of Thomas with understanding even if you have no previous knowledge of early Christian history or thought. This Skylight Illuminations edition offers insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that explains references and philosophical terms, shares the inspiring interpretations of famous spiritual teachers. and gives you deeper understanding of Thomas's innovative message; that self-knowledge and contemplation of the nature of this world are the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
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Library Journal
The Gospel of Thomas has proven one of the true revelations of modern times-its text was discovered in a cave near Nag Hammadi in 1945; it is nothing less than another collection of the sayings attributed to Jesus. Davies (religious studies, Coll. Misericordia) has produced a new translation with commentary. His translation is suitably clean, simple, and terse, as befits the character of the original text and language; his commentary is learned without being pedantic. Perhaps the most notable feature of this new publication of an old text is the introduction by sometime-novelist Andrew Harvey, an essay of especial sensitivity and insight. For most collections. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893361454
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: SkyLight Illuminations Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 229,103
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Stevan Davies is professor of religious studies at Misericordia University and has studied the non-canonical gospels and acts for over thirty years. Among his books are The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated and Explained, The Secret Book of John: The Gnostic Gospel—Annotated and Explained (both SkyLight Paths) and The Revolt of the Widows: The Social World of the Apocryphal Acts. He has also published books about the canonical Christian scriptures including New Testament Fundamentals and Jesus the Healer: Possession, Trance and the Origins of Christianity. His website (www.misericordia.edu/users/davies/thomas/thomas.htm) is a leading Internet resource on the Gospel of Thomas.

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