1384[gthomas] Conter-cultural Thomas
- Aug 18, 1999At 09:58 AM 8/14/99 , you wrote:
>HOW I ROSE FROM THE DEAD IN MY SPARE TIMEThe unique sayings in Thomas are clearly counter-cultural. The philosophy
>AND SO CAN YOU
>From: joseph baxter <joseph@...>
>To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>; M.S.Goodacre@...
>Date: Wednesday, August 11, 1999 12:32 AM
>Subject: [gthomas] Re: Pre or post-Easter Jesus
> > If it is unique
> >>or anomalous among similar early texts that focus on Jesus, then that
> >>very fact is historically interesting, isn't it?
> >> For example, what Jesus texts are there
> >>that compare in this respect with Thomas? If there are some, how
> >>similar are they? If there aren't any, then how interesting!
> >The text that comes to mind, as a kind of passionate sequel to Thomas, is
> >the Gospel of Philip. There we find that interesting counter-cultural view
> >that the resurrection must occur before death. A de-emphasis of the
> >external resurrection. This is all very consistent with the Thomasine
> >emphasis on the inside.
>Interesting that someone would bring up the counter-culture with respect to
>the resurrection which occurs before death.
is very modern. That is why is has appeal some 2000 years later.
> Yeah, and I'm several decadesI also knew Timothy Leary. I paid him a legal visit in prison. In a way he
>past my decade; before he died, Timothy Leary was one of my best friends.
was something of a Christ figure. He symbolized a very threatening
challenge to the dominant culture. The authorities really put it to him in
a big way. (Just like Yeshu) He got a 25 year term for a joint or two.
They also took his book rights. Unfortunately he lacked Yeshu's guts.
Under pressure, he turned on his friends.
Ultimately he was only into himself.
With kind regards,
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