Tag: gospel of thomas

Bibles for Those Who Don’t Want the Bible


All the rage these days….

Noncanonical Bible Writings

DSC00753After a discussion of my latest Logos download ( Apocryphal Gospels: Texts & Translations from Rick Brannan) with a deacon this morning, I decided it would be smart to add links to the simplest web sites for the books that didn’t make it into the Bible for whatever reason. So check the right sidebar for Early Christian Writings and Early Jewish Writings.

A few of my favorites are:
Didache, Gospel of Thomas, Diognetus, Odes of Solomon, Sirach, Tobit

The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Texts it Reminds One of

April DeConick‘s Translation of the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife:

“…my mother gave me li[fe…] The disciples said to Jesus […] deny. Mary is worthy of it […] Jesus said to them, “My wife [and…] Let men who are wicked […] I am with her because […] an image […]”

Now for the texts this reminds one of:

(Simon Gathercole put me onto this one. Shows I don’t know my Thomas as well as I might)Gospel of Thomas 101 (Thomas Lambdin): <Jesus said>, “Whoever does not hate his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. And whoever does not love his father and his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. For my mother […], but my true mother gave me life.”

Gospel of Thomas 114 (Thomas Lambdin):  Simon Peter said to Him, “Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of Life.” Jesus said, “I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

Gospel of Philip 36 (Wesley Isenberg):There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary.

Gospel of Philip 59 (Wesley Isenberg): As for the Wisdom who is called “the barren,” she is the mother of the angels. And the companion of the […] Mary Magdalene. […] loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her mouth. The rest of the disciples […]. They said to him “Why do you love her more than all of us?” The Savior answered and said to them,”Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.”

A good place to start studying these “Gnostic” (quotes because no one quite agrees what is Gnostic, or the validity of the term) texts is Early Christian Writings.

There are two ways to take the Jesus’ Wife Gospel’s recallings of other “Gnostic” texts: If genuine, they indicate this new gospel fragment is part of the stream of thought among those sects of ancient Christians. If a modern fake, these are just the sort of references one would use to make a particularly eye-catching, big money and publicity-grabbing fake. As I and others have said, this is just the sort of text a lot of modern folk would like to see from the ancient past.

WATSA: Gospel of Thomas in my hands

The subject is a perennial favorite, the author well-qualified to speak about it.

And the price on Amazon is entirely right.

What Are They Saying About: The Gospel of Thomas is by Christopher Skinner, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, Gospel of Thomas researcher, and blogger. Its actual text runs eighty-seven pages in a goodly sized font, but you’ll want a second bookmark for the substantive end notes (twenty-three pages). The bibliography breaks down the referenced books into three categories that basically equal : general reader, educated reader, scholarly reader. There is even a two page glossary.

I’ve only begun to read the book, but I already can say that this is now the best introduction to the scholarly issues around Thomas for the general public and a useful summary for the scholar. If it also included a translation it would be superb, but there are Gospel of Thomas translations all over the Internet and bursting the bookshelves of most bookstores I’ve ever shopped.

If you’ve any interest in the Gospel of Thomas, this book is more than a keeper; it’s a Go-Get-It-Now.