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A Commentary on the Gospel of Thomas: From Interpretations to the Interpreted (Jewish & Christian Text) Paperback – 22 Dec 2011

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL; Reprint edition (22 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567507491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567507495
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,736,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor of New Testament exegesis at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He is the author of 12 German monographs, textbooks and commentaries, a part of them is translated into English. Former president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, fellow of several Learned Societies. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By E. L. Wisty TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2013
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...for someone to write an uninteresting and unengaging work on the Gospel of Thomas, yet here it is.

Each logion has sections labelled 'A' and 'B' in the following commentary. There is no explanation within the book itself as to the distinction between the two, but I am assuming from the back cover that they are intended to cover "the function ... within the frame of piety and theology of the Thomasine group" and "the gospel's literary shape and its history, including its relation to the historical Jesus" respectively, but if so this separation is not entirely clear. The comments on each logion do not provide much of a window into either aspect, and there certainly seems to be little original or insightful.

For a scholarly commentary, I would head instead for Valantasis' The Gospel of Thomas or Plisch's superb The Gospel of Thomas: Original Text with Commentary, both of whom Pokorny often references (or perhaps even Hedrick's Unlocking the Secrets of the Gospel According to Thomas: A Radical Faith for a New Age which is not quite as much in the 'spirituality' camp as the title may suggest; the commentary per se is not as thorough but there is a lot of information concerning parallels). This Pokorny book quite frankly just feels like a waste of time when there are these other so much better works around to which this adds nothing new.
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A Commentary on the Gospel of Thomas 14 Sept. 2009
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A very detailed commentary on the Gospel of Thomas...essential to anyone who is interested in this Gospel or in early Christianity.
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