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The 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.

(See below for links to onsite material on the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and esoteric Christianity)

The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom
Second Edition

Stevan L. Davies

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“... 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

“The 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

“The 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

Discovered 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.

Published January 2005 by Bardic Press. Softcover, 256 pages, ISBN 0-9745667-4-8, $19.95.

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The Gospel of Thomas: A New Translation Based on the Inner Meaning
by Andrew Phillip Smith
 

Discovered 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.

A new translation from Coptic and Greek brings out the depth of Thomas' imagery and esoteric meaning in clear and readable English.

The 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 and Ouspensky.


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

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Read the Gospel of Philip and Gospel of Thomas weblog
by Andrew Phillip Smith


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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 Philip and Gospel of Thomas Blog
Gospel of Thomas Home Page
Chris Merillat's Online book, The Gnostic Apostle Thomas

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

Early Christianity Page

About Andrew Phillip Smith, author of The Gospel of Thomas: A New Version Based On the Inner Meaning, and The Gospel of Philip: Annotated and Explained
Contact Andrew Phillip Smith

 
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