A Some Sayings of Yeshua Found in the Gospel of Saint Thomas
"One who knows everything else but who does not know himself knows
"If you do not fast from the world you will not find the Kingdom."
"Jesus said: I tell my Mysteries to people worthy of my Mysteries."
"He who drinks from my mouth will become like I am, and I will
become he. And the Hidden Things will be revealed to him."
"I will give you that which eyes have not seen, ears have not heard,
hands did not touch, and minds have not conceived." "I am the Light
above everything. I am everything. Everything came forth from me,
and everything reached me."
"And he said, Whoever finds the correct interpretation of these
sayings will never die."
"This sky will cease to be, and the sky above it will cease to be.
The dead do not live, and the living will not die. When you ate dead
things, you made them alive. When you arrive into Light, what will
"His disciples said to him: Show us the place you are, for it is
essential for us to seek it. He responded: He who has ears let him
hear. There is Light within a man of Light, and he lights up all of
"The disciples asked Jesus: Tell us about our end. What will it be?
Jesus replied: Have you found the Beginning so that you now seek the
end? The place of the Beginning will be the place of the end.
Blessed is anyone who will stand up in the Beginning and thereby
know the end and never die." "Blessed is one who existed before
coming into being." "Blessed are the single ones and the chosen
ones, for you will find the Kingdom. Because you emerged from it you
will return to it."
"Jesus said: If they ask you, 'Where are you from?' reply to
them, 'We have come from the place where Light is produced from
itself. It came and revealed itself in their image.'" "If they ask
you, 'Are you it?' reply to them, 'We are his Sons. We are chosen
ones of the living Father.'"
"The Light within them is hidden in the image of the Father's Light.
He will be revealed. His image is hidden in his Light."
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Copyright January 2005
Book Review: A Gospel for Mystics Seeking to Find Divine Light in
the Present Moment
"The Gospel of Thomas Annotated & Explained",
Translation and Annotation by Professor Stevan Davies
Skylight Publishers, Vermont
"The recently discovered
mystical sayings of Jesus,
with facing-page commentary
that brings the text
to life for you."
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Publisher Website: SkyLightPaths.com:
Stevan Davies maintains The Gospel of Thomas Home Page:
There is a very important translation of the Gospel of Thomas, a
collection of proverbs and parables attributed to Yeshua (Jesus).
This book by Davies features a fresh translation as well as provides
extremely valuable commentary and background information for the
reader on each of the one hundred and fourteen sayings attributed to
Yeshua the Living One, found in the Book of Thomas.
I find this ancient gospel from the Middle east to be quite
refreshing as it's organized into a format of back-to-back wisdom-
sayings, and that is what the Book of Thomas really IS. Some gospel
writers work in Jesus-quotes here or there and have their own spin
or agenda, but this sayings collection called the Gospel of Thomas
consists of spiritual wisdom-sayings -- the sayings of a Sage. It
gives us a direct, unmediated, unfiltered, unfettered access to the
teachings of Jesus, or at least those teachings highly esteemed,
copied and shared in the Thomas branch of early Christianity, and
their home base was in Syria, just to the north of Israel.
The Yeshua who emerges in the Gospel of Thomas is one who speaks
directly. Here, the wisdom is not overshadowed by the events of the
Gospel with only the occasional nugget of wisdom worked in, here or
there. In Thomas, the Voice of Wisdom (Sophia) is not drowned out by
the usual noise of earthly politics and religion. In Thomas one can
find a Jesus who was a spiritual Master with much to reveal about
experiencing a present-tense "Kingdom of God", available to "the
Children of the Light" right here, right now, spiritually, during
this life here on planet earth. This is clearly a gospel for those
interested in prayer, the spiritual life -- mystics and
contemplatives seeking to see the Kingdom of the Light and are
seeking to see the Father of Lights -- the God of Light.
The book that most resembles Thomas in the Hebrew Bible is the Book
of Proverbs. The Gospel of Thomas most of all resembles a
hypothetical document discussed by scholars known as "Lost Sayings
Gospel Q". "Q" derives from the German word "Quelle," which
means "Source", and was apparently a collection of sayings
frequently used in common by both Matthew and Luke when they quoted
Jesus in their gospels. There is some kind of relationship between
the Book of Thomas and Lost Sayings Gospel Q, since over a third of
the sayings in Thomas also turn up in "Q"/Matthew/Luke, and "Q" had
the same format of sayings organized one after the other. Factoring
in additional sayings embedded in the Gospel of Mark, one can say
overall, about half the sayings of Jesus found quoted in the
Orthodox New Testament are also found in Thomas. Some of the other
fifty percent of Sayings of Jesus NOT included in the regular New
Testament do however turn up occasionally elsewhere, in other
writings of the early centuries AD, such as other gospels, books of
acts, revelations, spiritual discourses, letters, writings of early
church fathers, saints or Light-mystics, suggesting that Thomas does
indeed contain a very real transmission of OTHER Sayings of Jesus
once used by other ancient forms of Christianity ("Wisdom
Christians") from Syria, Egypt and Israel we know little about. For
an in-depth study of where "Thomasonian Sayings" of Jesus turn up in
other books of antiquity, see William Stroker's research in the
book, Extracanonical Sayings of Jesus, Scholars Press.
Selections are below from this new translation of the Gospel of
Thomas: "The Gospel of Thomas Annotated & Explained", by Professor
A KINGDOM OR DIMENSION ALREADY HERE FOR THOSE WITH SPIRITUAL VISION
Thomas, Saying 113: They asked him: When is the Kingdom coming? He
replied: It is not coming in an easily observable manner. People will
not be saying, "Look, it's over here" or "Look, it's over there."
Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is already spread out on the earth,
and people aren't aware of it.
Saying 113 is probably the last in the sequence of sayings that made
up the original Gospel of Thomas, for saying 114 seems to have been
added later. Saying 113 is an important summation of the worldview
reflected in many of Thomas's sayings, which is that the Kingdom is
here now, and people must learn to discern it rather than waiting for
some cosmic miracle to bring the Kingdom down to earth.
Thomas's Gospel does not have very much structure to it, but it has a
little. The prologue and first saying introduce the work. Jesus'
first saying, number 2 in the list, raises the often repeated
theme "seek and you will find" and defines the sort of seeking
required as an internal quest with emotionally powerful results.
Saying 3 follows with a "topic paragraph" outlining the main
points: "The Kingdom is within you and outside of you. Know
yourselves!" along with a critique of the position that the Kingdom
is out there somewhere waiting to arrive in the future. Saying 113
brings the circle back to its beginning and reiterates the strong
statement of saying 3: the Kingdom of the Father is already here.
As saying 3 criticizes leaders who put the Kingdom out there in the
sky or beyond the sea, so saying 113 by its misguided opening
question implicitly criticizes the branch of Christianity (later to
become the Church) that expects the Kingdom to arrive in the future.
Thomas's sayings are often polemical in a similar question-and-answer
pattern, most frequently labeling the questioners as "his
disciples. " There are two principal varieties of misguided
Questions regarding the end:
18. Tell us about our end. What will it be?
51. When will the dead rest [resurrection]? When will the new world
113. When is the Kingdom coming?
Questions regarding the nature of Jesus:
24. Show us the place you are for it is essential for us to seek it.
37. When will you appear to us? When will we see you?
43. Who are you to say these things to us?
52. Twenty-four prophets spoke to Israel and they all spoke of you.
91. Tell us who you are so that we can believe in you.
Thomas's Gospel, through these questions and Jesus' answers,
criticizes two of the "rocks" on which the later Christian churches
based their faith: the idea that the Kingdom will come in the future
and the idea that Jesus himself is the central aspect of the religion
that he founded. Thomas's Gospel teaches that while Jesus is a
teacher of great importance, his TEACHINGS are the important factor,
not his person.
Thomas, Sayings 83 and 84: 83 Jesus said: The images are revealed to
people. The Light within them is hidden in the image of the Father's
Light. He will be revealed. His image is hidden in his Light.
84 Jesus said: You are pleased when you see your own likeness. When
you see your images that came into being before you did, immortal
and invisible images, how much can you bear?
These two "sayings" appear to be somewhat garbled passages from an
ancient religio-philosophical document; they do not sound as if they
come from conversational speech. If we assume that the technical
term "images" implies a Platonic philosophical perspective, the
images in saying 83 are the things of this world, which are in
reality only images of true ideal things existing in another more
exalted world. On the exalted level, ideals exist as they have since
the primordial Beginning, when God declared them permanently good.
Insofar as things exist in relationship to the Beginning, they exist
in the realm of the Father's light, for the Genesis story begins on
the first day with "Let there be light" and continues, on the fourth
day, to give an account of the creation of the stars, sun, and moon.
Therefore, the light of the first day is a completely different sort
of light from earthly light. God's image exists in the supernal
light, and it cannot be seen apart from that light. The world can be
apprehended in the mode of supernal light -- or not so apprehended-
depending on the disposition and wisdom of the individual. This is
apparent from saying 24: "There is light within a man of light, and
he lights up all of the world. If he is not alight there is
darkness." In saying 83 we read that the light within the images
shall be revealed in an image of light, and that while the Father
will be revealed, his image remains hidden in his light. /////