The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age

The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age

Stephen J. Patterson, James M. Robinson


In December 1945, on the base of cliffs that run alongside the Nile River close to the modern day city of Nag Hammadi, an Egyptian farmer came upon, in a sealed jar, 13 old Coptic codices containing greater than fifty separate tracts. This discovery represented arguably the main major manuscript discovery of the 20 th century for the learn of the hot testomony and Christian origins. Of the entire texts during this Nag Hammadi Library, none has been extra celebrated than the Gospel of Thomas - a Gospel that has performed a vital function within the newly rising view of early Christianity as a really assorted phenomenon and within the fresh revival of historic Jesus experiences. Now, after greater than fifty years of analysis, the easiest textual content and the simplest translation of Thomas are awarded right here in hassle-free shape through the Berlin operating staff for Coptic Gnostic Writings, with Stephen J. Patterson and James M. Robinson. furthermore, essays were integrated for folks who might be strange with this new Gospel or with occasions that ended in its discovery and ebook. the 1st, through Patterson, is a normal creation to the Gospel of Thomas because it seems to be fifty years after its discovery. the second one, by way of Robinson, tells the interesting tale of that discovery itself by means of person who used to be without delay interested in bringing this new Gospel to gentle. An annotated record "for additional examining" completes the quantity. Stephen J. Patterson is affiliate Professor of recent testomony at Eden Theological Seminary and writer of The God of Jesus: The old Jesus and the hunt for which means (Trinity Press). James M. Robinson is the previous director of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Professor Emeritus on the Claremont Graduate university, and editor of The Nag Hammadi Library.

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