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The Gospel of St Thomas [Hardcover]

Marvin Meyer , Harold Bloom
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  • Hardcover: 130 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco (13 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006065581X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060655815
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The gospel according to Thomas is an ancient collection of sayings attributed to Jesus thought to be recorded by his brother Judas, the Twin (Thomas is "twin" in Aramaic). Some scholars suggest that this gospel was collected from New Testament sayings; some say that those written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John used The Gospel of Thomas as a source in compiling their histories; while others believe it springs from a completely independent author because many of the quotations are not in the New Testament at all. It slept for two millennia in a stone jar until accidentally exhumed by a group of fertiliser gatherers in the northern Egyptian desert in 1945. (The gospel is just one document in the fourth-century papyrus library discovered near the city of Nag Hammadi from which the entire collection gets its name). Marvin Meyer's distinguished translation includes Coptic text on each left page with the English version on the right, and is considered by some as perhaps the closest we will ever get to reading what was actually said by the historical Jesus. In it, you will discover a different kind of Christ--a wandering spiritual teacher from Galilee who performs no miracles, reveals little prophecy, announces no apocalypse and dies for no one's sins. --P. Randall Cohan


Discovered in 1945 among the Gnostic texts at Nag Hammadi, the Gospel of Thomas is widely regarded by scholars as containing many of the original sayings of Jesus. This book analyzes the Gospel of St Thomas.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The Gospel According to Thomas is controversial. Marvin Meyer has essentially declined to enter the controversy. Rather he offers a simple translation in the order in which each of the original two scripts appeared. The Greek script is the earlier, but also the least clear and least complete. The author has paid a great deal of attention to possible errors in previous translations and, here and there, has suggested possible words for fragmentary papyrus.
Altogether a sound professional work.
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By Foteini
I advice every Christian to read "The Gospel of St. Thomas" from this author. This Gospel should be placed between the Gospels of St. Luke and St. John. Yes, it is strict but the real sayings of Jesus Christ were strict and not fairy tales. You can find many explanations in the end of the book but if your eyes are open and your heart is clear you can easily understand it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gospel of St Thomas 11 May 2003
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Every man, woman and child should have one of these as a day to day glimpse into the philosophies of Jesus. My own interpretation of Jesus' message written for the people comes across loud and clear to me, in fact I think I was meant to read this book, because it echos those feelings deep in my own heart. When feeling down,for what ever reason, pick up this beautiful little book and you can only feel better. "Don't let your right hand know what your left hand is doing" Jesus said this ....... This book is a valuable guide to life as much in todays world as then. Jesus was a man, a Son of God,, all people in his eyes were equal ..... no matter the creed, colour, race, nation, gender or sex. Truly a man for all time. His life and death is testimony to what can actually happen to a person who tries to "buck" the system - or challeneg power structures ... they get "crucified", this is a metaphor for torture, struggle and death dying for ones beliefs, having the courage of ones convictions against all the odds .... being true to ones heart. In this little book Jesus says we must not be afraid to be true to ourselves and that in our loneliness and solitude we will find ourselves and that God is in us all, as he did for 40 days and 40 nights. How refreshing to read such beautiful words rather than being preached to about hell and damnation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 16 Feb 2014
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Has opened up my mind and soul to some spiritual and material beliefs which previously were missing...Thank you very much God!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Interesting 3 Jun 2001
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The Gospel of Thomas was discovered in 1945 among the Gnostic texts at Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt. It contains 114 sayings attributed to Jesus and after reading it I would have thought that those scholars that posit the existance of the hypothetical Q document must have received a bit of a boost when it was discovered. The translation is presented alongside the original coptic text and in addition, the book contains good quality unbiased commentary. Many of the sayings are a spartan version of the familiar ones from the New Testament but others are not, this has led some silly orthodox types to declare that the familiar stuff is genuine while the rest is apocryphal. The highly cryptic and enigmatic nature of the material could provide hours of endless amusement for those who feel inclined to try to work out what it all means, whether it will lead you to the meaning of life or just leave you more baffled than when you started I'm not sure. It certainly provides a fascinating window into the past and could maybe provide some insight into the origins and true meaning of Christianity.
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