Apocrypha: Introduction to The Gospel of Thomas

This was only discovered in Egypt in December 1945, in one of a group of books known as the Mag Hammadi Library.

Almost half of the sayings in this gospel are found in the four gospels plus there are others that were unknown and perhaps still unknown to those who havent read it.

The introduction states: These are the hidden words that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas wrote them down. In Greek and Aramaic respectively, Didymus and Thomas both mean “twin”.

Unlike the four Gospels, it consists of sayings attributed to Jesus, sometimes stand-alone, sometimes embedded in short dialogues or parables. The text contains a possible allusion to the death of Jesus, but doesn’t mention crucifixion, resurrection, or final judgement; nor does it mention a messianic understanding of Jesus.

The Early Church in fact believed it to be a false gospel.

About the Gospel

In the Thomas gospel, Jesus is presented as a spiritual guide whose words (when properly understood) bring eternal life (Saying 1). Readers of these sayings are advised to continue seeking until they find what will enable them to become rulers of their own lives (Saying 2) and thus to know themselves (Saying 3) and their legacy of being the children of “the living Father” (Saying 3). These goals are presented in the image of “entering the Kingdom” by the methodology of insight that goes beyond duality. (Saying 22). The Gospel of Thomas shows little or no concern for orthodox religious concepts and doctrines.

…the Kingdom of God is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty, and it is you who are that poverty.

I am the light that shines over all things. I am everything. From me all came forth, and to me all return. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift a stone, and you will find me there.

I will be posting some verses from the gospel of Thomas as a means to shed light on verses of what is found in the bible. Please start reading these here

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