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Title: The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Origins: Essays on the Fifth Gospel
Author: Patterson, Stephen J
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2013
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004250840
Volumes: 1; Pages: 328
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The essays collected in The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Origins offer a series new chapters in the history of Christianity's first century. Stephen J. Patterson, whose work on the Gospel of Thomas has circulated widely for more than two decades, argues that taking this new source seriously will require rethinking a number of basic issues, including the assumed apocalyptic origins of early Christian faith, the supposed centrality of Jesus' death and resurrection, and the role of Platonism in formulation of both orthodox and heterodox Christian theology. Table of Contents1. Introduction2. The Gospel of (Judas) Thomas and the Synoptic Problem3. Wisdom in Q and Thomas.4. Askesis and the Early Jesus Tradition.5. Paul and the Jesus Tradition: It Is Time for Another Look.6. The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Beginnings.7. Apocalypticism or Prophecy and the Problem of Polyvalence: Lessons from the Gospel of Thomas.8. The Parable of the Catch of Fish: A Brief History (On Matthew 13:47-50 and Gospel of Thom 8).9. Jesus Meets Plato: The Theology of the Gospel of Thomas10. Platonism and the Apocryphal Origins of Immortality in the Christian Imagination or Why do Christians Have Souls that Go to Heaven?11. The View From Across the Euphrates.