The Gospel of Thomas is an early Christian non-canonical sayings-gospel that many scholars believe provides insight into the oral gospel traditions.
It was discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in December 1945 among a group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library.
While the Gospel of Thomas does not directly point to Jesus' divinity, it also does not directly contradict it, and therefore neither supports nor contradicts gnostic beliefs. When asked his identity in the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus usually deflects, ambiguously asking the disciples why they do not see what is right in front of them, similar to some passages in the canonical gospels like John 12:16 and Luke 18:34.
The Gospel of Thomas is very different in tone and structure from other New Testament apocrypha and the four Canonical Gospels. Unlike the canonical Gospels, it is not a narrative account of the life of Jesus; instead, it consists of sayings attributed to Jesus, sometimes stand-alone, sometimes embedded in short dialogues or parables.
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|Year Written: (Assumed)||50-140 AD|
|Scripture Type:||Apocrypha Gospels|
Apocrypha Gospels are works, usually written works, that are of unknown authorship, or of doubtful authenticity, or spurious, or not considered to be within a particular canon.
|Discovered:||Nag Hammadi Library, Egypt 1945
The Nag Hammadi Library is a collection of 13 ancient books containing over 50 texts. This important discovery includes a number of primary "Gnostic Gospels" – texts which were assumed to have been destroyed during the early Christian conflicts.
All the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi can be viewed in the Gnostic Society Library website.
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