Thomas at the Crossroads: Essays on the Gospel of Thomas

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Risto Uro
A&C Black, Jan 1, 1998 - Religion - 222 pages
The Gospel of Thomas is one of the most debated early Christian writings. Discovered as a Coptic translation in the Nag Hammadi Library, its date, message and relation to the canonical gospels have been the subject of much divisive argument. This book offers new perspectives on the gospel and demonstrates the various ways in which it sheds light on the ideological and social history of early Christianity.Expert scholars go to the heart of current issues in Thomasine studies, such as the role of oral and written traditions in the composition of the gospel, Thomas' relationship with the Gospel of John and with Gnostic and ascetic tendencies in early Christianity, the gospel's attitude to women followers of Jesus and to Jewish ritual practices.
 

Contents

Thomas at the crossroads new perspectives on a debated gospel
1
1 Thomas and oral gospel tradition
8
2 Thomas Isayings and the Gospel of John
33
3 Thomas and the Beloved Disciple
65
4 Women disciples in the Gospel of Thomas
89
5 Is Thomas a Gnostic gospel?
107
6 Is Thomas an encratite gospel?
140
7 Thomas and Jewish religious practices
163
Bibliography
183
Index of ancient references
206
Index of names
214
Index of subjects
221
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Dr Risto Uro is Lecturer in New Testament, University of Helsinki.

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