My name is Thomas, and for that reason i chose long ago to use
didymus as my nickname; not in any pride or identification. About the
only thing i share with Thomas is that i often need to see things
with my "own eyes".
I am pretty much a self-taught student. I learned my Latin the hard
way-4 years of Catholic high school. Shortly after that i became a
self-named christian agnostic. I believed/believe in Yeshua but not
sure of much else. After over 25 years of self study i joined a
Lutheran, Missouri Synod church. For many reasons, after 8 years we
parted company. I continue my own research. I am particularly
interested in the ante-Nicene church. I am curious as to how various
dogmas and accepted beliefs came into being. In particular interest
is how the role of women changed so drastically from the days of
Lydia, Phoebe, Prisca, and Junias to the misogynistic church of
Origen and Tertullian.
I believe the accepted canon of the New Testament to be inspired
writings. I also believe that there is a lot of Truth in the GOT and
other so-called apocryphal writings.
I would like to address two items i see being discussed-my two
I believe Matthews gospel to be indeed universal in intent. The
parable of the tenants and the parable of the wedding banquet both
illustrate this universality. In Matt27:46 the author translates
Yeshua's Aramaic into Greek. If the readers were all Jews, there
would be little need for this translation from the lingua franca of
even the Jews of the Dispersion. Secondly, the Great Commission
orders them to "make disciples of all nations" not just the Jews.
The opening sentences of Luke's gospel refers to many accounts of
what had happened among them. Was he talking about Q or other
"sayings gospels"-perhaps. Obviously there many who had partaken the
task of writing about Yeshua. Still Luke felt compelled to write an
"orderly account". Will these other accounts ever be found? One
hundred years ago, scholars were still arguing over the GOT. The Nag
Hammadi library has given us what they did not have. Who can say what
else may be found?