2424[gthomas] Re: Jewishness of GOT
- Mar 9, 2000Gentlemen,
Pardon an interloper in your debate. Paul was apparently a Pharisee
adherant prior to his conversion, and allegedly quite zealous. Yet his
Jewishness was not the only Jewishness of his time. There was another
root-the Sadducees, and converts to the New Way are equally probable.
When I look at the pitifully few references to Sadducean beliefs in the
literature, I am still struck with the similarity of the belief system to
the Thomas crowd. One little change, and Sadducean adherants could embrace
the non-apolyptic, non physical resurrection, and especially the secret
tradition fully. The material on Sadducees is so scant that little can be
gleaned except that apart from being of the elite, we know they were
Change one significant factor- namely - they did not believe in the
(physical) resurrection Scenario at the End of Day, and a Sadducee could
become a Jewish Chistian. Thomas speaks to no physical resurrection, no
end of Days and substitues a spiritual resurrection while in the flesh
for a rising from the dead at a general resurrection. Now that is
something a Sadducee could " sink his teeth into".
I posit a bunch of Sadducean converts speaking the secret teaching as
fanning out and eventually headquartering in Syrain Edessa and perhaps
eventualy coutering Paul.
So much for what Jewishness.
Thomas may well have been a Sadducean product, and I agree that
Xtian/Jewish communities, divisibly must have existed through the East
with equal splits.
I guess I am saying "Don't dismiss the Sadducees" because, to me, Thomas,
and indeed the very earliest Chistian-Jewish communities were influenced
In fact, I think presently that original Thomas was a Sadducean-
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