What Are They Saying about the Gospel of Thomas?

What Are They Saying about the Gospel of Thomas?

by Christopher W. Skinner

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ISBN-13: 9780809147618
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 03/07/2012
Series: What Are They Saying About...?
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

List of Abbreviations xiii

I The Gospel of Thomas in Historical Perspective 1

1 Discoveries in the Desert 4

2 Three Crucial Questions 7

II What Are They Saying About the Date of Thomas? 9

1 The Gospel of Thomas as Second-Century Text 11

2 The Gospel of Thomas Contemporary with the Synoptic Gospels 17

3 Thomas Composed Prior to Mark 20

4 Traditions, Layers, and Accretions in Thomas 24

5 Conclusion 27

III What Are They Saying About Thomas's Relationship to the Canonical Gospels? 29

1 Thomas and the Synoptics 30

Thomas Dependent on the Synoptics 31

Thomas Independent of the Synoptics 35

2 Thomas and the Gospel of Luke 39

3 Thomas and the Gospel of John 41

Thomas Dependent on John 41

John Responds to Thomas: The Community-Conflict Hypothesis 43

Responses to the Community-Conflict Hypothesis 50

4 Thomas and the Diatessaron 52

5 Excursus: Thomas and Paul 54

6 Conclusion 58

IV What Are They Saying About Thomas's Theological Outlook? 59

1 Gnosticism and Wisdom in Thomas 60

2 Thomas and Asceticism 66

3 Thomas and Mysticism 69

4 Thomas and Platonism 72

5 Conclusion 75

V The Gospel of Thomas and the Historical Jesus 77

1 John Paul Meier's A Marginal Jew 78

2 The Jesus Seminar 80

3 John Dominic Crossan 83

4 Conclusion 85

Conclusion 86

Glossary 88

Notes 90

Select Bibliography 114

Index 119

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