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Is the Gospel of Thomas Gnostic?

Kim, David W.

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This chapter considers the main sayings of Jesus in Thomas that reflect the religious identity of a "Gnostic Thomasine community." The Gospel of Thomas is the most famous find from among the 1945 Nag Hammadi discoveries, even being published separately, Coptic text beside English translation, and without commentary, as if a Biblical text. The view of the Gnostic influence can be seen in the notion that the pioneers of the Gnostic movement, at different stages, were ready to adopt Jewish...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKim, David W.
dc.contributor.editorGarry W. Trompf
dc.contributor.editorGunner B. Mikkelsen
dc.contributor.editorJay Johnston
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-14T05:32:53Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-1138673939
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/157129
dc.description.abstractThis chapter considers the main sayings of Jesus in Thomas that reflect the religious identity of a "Gnostic Thomasine community." The Gospel of Thomas is the most famous find from among the 1945 Nag Hammadi discoveries, even being published separately, Coptic text beside English translation, and without commentary, as if a Biblical text. The view of the Gnostic influence can be seen in the notion that the pioneers of the Gnostic movement, at different stages, were ready to adopt Jewish scriptures useful for their primary doctrine, affecting the process of Thomas's textual development. The ideological features of Thomas are an ongoing contentious issue, along with the Christ narratives revealing secret teachings, treatises, sermons, meditations, and otherworld journeys. In particular, features of "dualism" indicate a considerable enough Gnostic influence. Since the original socio-historical identity of the Thomasine community is obscure, as also the way Thomas was used in later ancient contexts, its textual interpretation remains controversial.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.relation.ispartofThe Gnostic World
dc.relation.isversionof1st edition Edition
dc.rights© 2019
dc.titleIs the Gospel of Thomas Gnostic?
dc.typeBook chapter
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor220315 - Philosophy of Religion
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9709953xPUB164
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKim, David, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage170
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage179
local.identifier.doi10.4324/9781315561608-15
local.identifier.absseo950405 - Religious Structures and Ritual
dc.date.updated2019-03-12T07:43:50Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationLondon
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