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This review is from: The Gospel of St Thomas (Hardcover)
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.