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.