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By Simon Gathercole

During this new statement at the arguable Gospel of Thomas, Simon Gathercole offers the main wide research but released of either the paintings as a complete and of the person sayings contained in it. This remark bargains a clean research of Thomas no longer from the viewpoint of shape feedback and resource feedback yet seeks to clarify the which means of the paintings and its constituent components in its second-century context. With its lucid dialogue of some of the debatable points of Thomas, and remedy of a number of the diverse scholarly perspectives, it is a foundational paintings of reference for students not only of apocryphal Gospels, but additionally for brand new testomony students, Classicists and Patrologists.

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As not merely confined to the question of how to assess the relative significance of the Oxyrhynchus fragments, Hippolytus’ citation and the Coptic text. There is also the matter of Thomas’s compositional history to consider: surely there were various Thomases at various compositional phases before the completion of the final version? 34 Others see less of a rolling corpus, and more of a bipartite or tripartite composition. McL. Wilson, ‘Thomas and the Synoptic Gospels’, ExpT 72 (1960), 36–39 (39).

The Gospel with the name of the apostle Peter, apocryphal. The Gospel with the name of Thomas, which the Manichees use, apocryphal. Gospels with the name of Bartholomew, apocryphal. Gospels with the name of Andrew, apocryphal. Gospels which Lucianus has fabricated, apocryphal. Gospels which Hesychius has fabricated, apocryphal. 432B. E. von Dobschütz, Das Decretum Gelasianum de libris recipiendis et non recipiendis (TU 38/4; Leipzig: Hinrichs, 1912), 11. 2 (mid–late sixth cent. ce)15 οὗτοι καὶ βιβλία τινὰ ἑαυτοῖς καινοτομοῦσι.

1 Arguments for Multiple Stages of Composition The Argument from Thomas’s Form There are two main parts to this: the fact that Thomas is a kind of list, and the analogy of the Sentences of Sextus. 37 A problem with this argument, however, is that there is little evidence of interpolation in the period between the time of the Oxyrhynchus fragments and the Coptic version. As Haenchen remarks, whatever snowballing may have taken place before c. 38 The similarity in order means that, for example, no one between the Greek and Coptic stages wanted to add a saying between GTh 2 and 3, or between 4 and 5, etc.

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