Gospel of Thomas
Part of the collection
of texts discovered in Nag Hammadi in Egypt at the end of 1945, the Gospel
of Thomas has a strong claim to be as old as the gospels in the New Testament.
It is one of the texts in Codex II of the Nag Hammadi Library, which also
contains the Gospel of Philip.
Bardic Press has published Stevan Davies' influential book The Gospel
of Thomas and Christian Wisdom, and promotes The Gospel of Thomas:
A New Version based on the Inner Meaning by Andrew Phillip Smith,
along with The Gospel of Philip: Annotated and Explained, also by Andrew
Phillip Smith and published by Skylight Paths. See below for more information
on these books and onsite material and links for the Gospel of Thomas
and the Gospel of Philip.
below for links to onsite material on the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel
of Philip, and esoteric Christianity)
Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom
may well be the best yet written on the theology of Thomas...”
“... nobody has done it better than he has.”
John Dominic Crossan, author of The Historical Jesus and The
Birth of Christianity
most original, challenging, and persuasive book about the Gospel
of Thomas that I have ever seen.”
Morton Smith, author of Jesus the Magician and The Secret Gospel
Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom... first raised my interest
in this debated writing.”
Risto Uro, author of Thomas: Seeking the Historical Context
of the Gospel of Thomas
in Egypt in 1945 as part of the Nag Hammadi Library, the Gospel
of Thomas was long considered irrelevant to the study of Jesus’
teachings. Stevan Davies’ influential The Gospel of Thomas
and Christian Wisdom overturned this view, and enabled the Gospel
of Thomas to be taken seriously as a source for the earliest Christianity.
This Bardic Press edition brings a classic work of accessible scholarshp
back into print. A entirely new forty page introduction discusses
recent developments in scholarship, looks at Thomas’ independence
from the New Testament gospels, discusses the role of Mary Magdalene
in the Gospel of Thomas, and offers a variety of valuable insights.
A fascinating additional essay speculates that Thomas may have been
used as an oracle text in a similar way to the I Ching.
January 2005 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 256 pages, ISBN 0-9745667-4-8,
Press books can be ordered by bookstores through Ingram and Baker
& Taylor in the US, and through Bertrams and Gardners in the
Gospel of Thomas: A New Translation Based on the Inner Meaning
by Andrew Phillip Smith
among a collection of gnostic writings at Nag Hammadi in Egypt in
1945, the Gospel of Thomas is the most significant and authentic
piece of early Christian writing outside of the New Testament. It
contains sayings and parables of Jesus that are not found in other
gospels, along with more original and more esoteric versions of
the well known sayings of Jesus. This is the first pocket-sized
edition of the Gospel of Thomas, illustrated with Rembrandt etchings.
An introduction offers a readable and colourful overview of what
scholarship can tell us about the Gospel of Thomas—its discovery,
dating, its relationship to the other gospels, its authorship, and
what we can know of the figure of Thomas.
new translation from Coptic and Greek brings out the depth of Thomas'
imagery and esoteric meaning in clear and readable English.
final essay, "The Inner Meaning of These Sayings", offers
an key to the inner meaning of the Gospel of Thomas, comparing it
convincingly to the Fourth Way spiritual system developed by Gurdjieff
Gorgeously designed, its 240 pages fit easily
into a pocket or handbag. The
Gospel of Thomas is published by Ulysses
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