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Some Obscure Sayings in Thomas

Many or most of the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas require some sort of interpretation. The prologue tells us so; their inner meaning is to be found, and many of them are meaningless without this kind of interpretation. Once we get a feel for the symbolism and language that the Gospel of Thomas uses, most of the sayings can yield some meaning for us. But a few of the sayings are more than esoteric: they are obscure, and it can particularly useful to know something of how the same symbolism was used in other writings. For other sayings I have simply included information helpful for understanding the background to them. Here are notes on a few of these sayings.

Saying 7, the Lion and the Man

Saying 19, the Five Trees in Paradise

Saying 53, Circumcision of the Spirit

Saying 61 The Salome Dialogue


The Gospel of Thomas is published by Ulysses Books and is available through Amazon.com

Gospel of Thomas Material:
Sayings and Interpretation
From the Introduction
Intriguing Parallels to Gospel of Thomas Sayings
Short Essays On Difficult and Obscure Sayings
Reviews of the Other Translations of the Gospel of Thomas
Gospel of Thomas Online Resources
Gospel of Thomas Home

Esoteric Christianity Material:
Beryl Pogson on the Gospel of Thomas in 1959
P.D. Ouspensky on Christianity and The New Testament

Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Nicoll, and Many Others:
an Online Anthology of Fourth Way Writings On Esoteric Christianity

Esoteric Christianity Online Resources

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The Gospel of Thomas is published by Ulysses Books and is available through Amazon.com

Gospel of Thomas Material:
Sayings and Interpretation
From the Introduction
Intriguing Parallels to Gospel of Thomas Sayings
Short Essays On Difficult and Obscure Sayings
Reviews of the Other Translations of the Gospel of Thomas
Gospel of Thomas Online Resources
Gospel of Thomas Home

Esoteric Christianity Material:
Beryl Pogson on the Gospel of Thomas in 1959
P.D. Ouspensky on Christianity and The New Testament

Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Nicoll, and Many Others:
an Online Anthology of Fourth Way Writings On Esoteric Christianity

Esoteric Christianity Online Resources

About the Author
Contact the Author

 

 

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