There are numerous possibilities in Thomas which would suggest some form of alignment to a model, or acrostic matrix. But which model? There is also the possibility that the arrangement of the GThom is to generate attempts at figuring out its hidden matrix so the "Spirit of Thomas" himself can laugh at us from the grave trying to do it. I would not put it past him.
I have submitted a lot of posts to this group suggesting there may be ties to Oriental philosophies common to all of the Orient by the time of Christ. Especially the theme of "Heaven and Earth" is all pervasive in Oriental philosophy, the terms 'tao' and 'logos' mean the same thing, and concepts of spirit and chi are identical in many ways. By the time of Jesus the ties of Hellenized society and the philosophical concepts of the East had been long shared due to the exploits of Alexander, and the established silk trade routes.
You cannot discount the possibility that the GThom was meant as an instrument of evangelism for not just one type of Gentile. Thomas, may have had the East in mind since his trek from the Apostles village. This would mean that the context of the text at least in part was meant to conform with the generally held conceptions, 'heaven and earth, rest and motion' of the Orient rather than Jewish or Pagan models. This would allow for the use and suggest knowledge a very broad range of acrostic tools including those related to koans, and Taoist edicts.
There is one relative and shared characteristic of form in Oriental philosophies in application of theory to practice from a model. Regardless of the country or culture, yin and yang concepts always intersect with notions of movement and rest. Therefore, any model (form) be it a posture or a written saying, is seen in terms of its phases, structure, and analysis, "in all ways."
Generally all oriental or related structures (postures, edicts, koans, etc.) will tend to conform to work with more than one model or for the benefit of more than one purpose. Both oriental meditation postures and martial postures are expressed (illustrated) as symbols of the acts of the transition of rest or composure to offensive and defensive, (yin-yang) motion. One symbol, is meant to symbolize multiple interpretations or actions at once, to be applied.
Certainly the GThom was written from more than one model, (Q, Mk, Lk. the parables, etc.) and was meant for more than one kind of Gentile. It stands to reason that you could fit the form of the text to a number of models. I like the cross, and 'tree of life.' And, there is the ancient Oriental edict (shared by all oriental philosophies generally) , "Man is the Same as Heaven and Earth."
You should in no way be discouraged from molding the GThom to a model. Go for it!
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