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Title: What Are They Saying About the Gospel of Thomas?
Author: Skinner, Christopher W
Publisher: Paulist Press; Publication Date: 2012
Paperback; ISBN: 9780809147618
Volumes: 1; Pages: 144
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Since its discovery the Gospel of Thomas has been the subject of intense study for those with interests in the developments of earliest Christianity. Three questions remain unanswered in contemporary scholarship: (1) When was Thomas composed?; (2) What is the relationship between Thomas and the canonical Gospels?; (3) What theological outlook is presented in the Gospel of Thomas? This volume provides a comprehensive overview of recent scholarly opinions on these three questions.Table of Contents Acknowledgements ix List of Abbreviations xiii I The Gospel of Thomas in Historical Perspective 1 1. Discoveries in the Desert 4 2. Three Crucial Questions 7 II What Are They Saying About the Date of Thomas? 9 1. The Gospel of Thomas as Second-Century Text 11 2. The Gospel of Thomas Contemporary with the Synoptic Gospels 17 3. Thomas Composed Prior to Mark 20 4. Traditions, Layers, and Accretions in Thomas 24 5. Conclusion 27 III What Are They Saying About Thomas's Relationship to the Canonical Gospels? 29 1. Thomas and the Synoptics 30 Thomas Dependent on the Synoptics 31 Thomas Independent of the Synoptics 35 2. Thomas and the Gospel of Luke 39 3. Thomas and the Gospel of John 41 Thomas Dependent on John 41 John Responds to Thomas: The Community-Conflict Hypothesis 43 Responses to the Community-Conflict Hypothesis 50 4. Thomas and the Diatessaron 52 5. Excursus: Thomas and Paul 54 6. Conclusion 58 IV What Are They Saying About Thomas's Theological Outlook? 59 1. Gnosticism and Wisdom in Thomas 60 2. Thomas and Asceticism 66 3. Thomas and Mysticism 69 4. Thomas and Platonism 72 5. Conclusion 75 V The Gospel of Thomas and the Historical Jesus 77 1. John Paul Meier's A Marginal Jew 78 2. The Jesus Seminar 80 3. John Dominic Crossan 83 4. Conclusion 85 Conclusion 86 Glossary 88 Notes 90 Select Bibliography 114 Index 119