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1036Re: Gospel of Thomas

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  • larry.quintana
    Dec 28, 2009
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      Thank you Dr Thomas for your reply. Would it be advisable to read this book? Or should we avoid its contents as Orthodox Christians?

      Thank you
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      --- In SOR-Forum@yahoogroups.com, "drthomas_joseph" <thomas_joseph@...> wrote:
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      > The Gospel of Thomas is allegedly a Gnostic text, the complete version of which (in Coptic) was discovered in 945, although separate portions of a Greek version were discovered as early as 1897. It was never accepted as part of the NT canon in any mainstream church including the Syriac Orthodox.
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      > Modern scholars do not consider that it was written by Apostle Thomas. In the 4th cent. Cyril of Alexandria suggested that it was written by a Thomas who was a disciple of Mani. Scholars date the text between AD 60 and 140. Being an early witness to Christ outside the New Testament canon it has scholarly significance. However, from the Orthodox viewpoint it has no canonical authority.
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      > Rgds,
      > Thomas Joseph
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      > --- In SOR-Forum@yahoogroups.com, "larry.quintana" <ddque2@> wrote:
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      > > Greetings,
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      > > I was wondering what the position of the church is on the use or reading of the Gospel of Thomas? Does it hold any significant value in it content to the christian community?
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      > > God bless
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