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The Gospel of Thomas [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Elaine Pagels
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Sounds True Inc; Com/Bklt edition (31 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591794129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591794127
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lecture exploring the testaments of early Christianity reveals how Thomas's thoughtful inquiries reflected and brought out the deepest truths that Jesus had to offer.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broaden your mind 20 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have have always enjoyed reading Professor Pagel's work. It is always well researched and written in an easily read and interesting style. This CD is a short talk on the Gospel of Thomas followed by an interesting questions and answers session with the audience. In particular there are some interesting observations making comparisons between the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of John. Some of the sound quality of the audience session isn't brilliant, but I did not find this too distracting from the excellent content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Light 13 Sep 2006
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Jesus said, "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: From me all has come forth, and to me all has reached. Split a piece of wood; I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there." (as recorded on page 14)

Dr. Elaine Pagels presents an intriguing introduction for the Gospel of Thomas. She is the best-selling author of The Gnostic Gospels. Do these new teachings shed new light on the words of Christ from the Bible? An English translation is included in an 18-page supplement along with two CDs.

In the first CD, Elaine Pagels introduces us to:

The History of Early Christianity
The Gospel of Thomas
The Secret Words of Jesus
The Good News: Knowing Who You Are
Jesus as the Only Son of God
Who Was Thomas?
Question and Answer Session
Elaine Pagel's Personal and Spiritual Journey

On the second CD, she presents ideas about the possible Eastern influences of the Gospel of Thomas, the different levels of Jesus' teachings and how we date the Scriptures. Audience participation becomes intriguing when they answer some of the questions.

This CD set sheds an especially interesting light on the topic of Jesus as the original light. Is the light in Genesis an ordinary light? This is explained as the divine light or source of divine energy.

The irony of listening to this CD set is that you may come away with less doubts and more enlightenment. Dr. Elaine Pagels presents a topic that not only expands our knowledge about Jesus Christ, it also creates a greater curiosity and understanding about the Kingdom of Heaven. I now understand the Kingdom of Heaven as an invisible dimension, where we experience an enlightened state of kindness and peace when we follow the commandments of Christ.

~The Rebecca Review
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Pagels is great, as usual 1 Sep 2006
By Wisdom Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Dr. Pagels addresses an audience, discussing her view of the Gospel of Thomas, one of the earliest non-canonical gospels. Thomas is not a story of Jesus, rather it is a collection of sayings atttributed to him. Several are familiar and/or similar to sayings in the canonical gospels, while others are not. Many are a bit puzzling, for even Dr. Pagels. However, they are truly powerful upon reading them, and accompanying the CD is a compilation of Thomas, which really needs to be read prior to listening to the CD. Mark the ones that are puzzling to you and you will find them probably addressed on the CD! She also makes some interesting contrasts between the Gospel of John and Thomas, indicating perhaps an early rivalry in spiritual points of view. There is a concern I have regarding the quality of a portion of the second CD. It is very hard to hear the questions from the audience, and it sounds extremely "tinny" when someone in the audience is speaking. It is rather distracting and not of the quality that other Sounds True recordings are. The previous reviewer must not have listened to all the second CD, so just be aware of this should you purchase. You will love Dr. Pagels' voice and the way she interacts with her audience. Enjoy!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An informative perspective with respect to the attributes and teachings of Jesus Christ 4 July 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The audio-book edition of The Gospel Of Thomas: New Perspectives On Jesus' Message as written and read by Elaine Pagels (Professor of Religion, Princeton University, New Jersey) offers an informed and informative perspective with respect to the attributes and teachings of Jesus Christ as presented through the interpretive ideals of Apostle Thomas as revealed in his apocryphal gospel. Deftly covering a vast array of theological inquiries and historical scholarship relevant to the its original rejection from the approved canon of scriptures that were to become the New Testament, The Gospel Of Thomas offers readers an insightful grasp of Thomas' writings including his concept of "the light within us all", the influence of Eastern thought in the teachings of Jesus, who Mary Magdalene was in the Gospel attributed to the apostle Thomas, the gnostic scriptures interpretation, and perspectives into some of the most puzzling Christian koans from both the canonical and gnostic texts. This flawlessly recorded 2 CD audiobook edition of The Gospel Of Thomas includes an 18-page study guide, has a running time of 1 2/4 hours, and is very strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in gnostic literature in general, and the Gospel of Thomas in particular.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very informative 7 Mar 2008
By H. Marjan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I enjoyed this cd and it helped very much to understand the book of Thomas.I have listened to it many times well worth buying.I don't want to call it gnostic.I feel it should have been included in the New testment.I feel it is very much like what Jesus would have wanted us to know.
Blessing to all
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gospel of Thomas: Not worth doubting. 4 Aug 2013
By Thomas L. Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Elaine Pagels is a brilliant and wonderful speaker. I bought the CD to listen to as I drive across the Western U.S. It made me realize that the Bible really is a magical book that REFLECTS the reader's heart, not some sacred truth that cannot be discussed. This should be required reading for all good Catholics. Tom Murray in West Texas.
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