7873Re: [GTh] Two Thomases ?
- Jan 3, 2008
> I can't locate it at the moment, but I have a recollection of onceStill can't locate the reference to this, but with respect to DIDYMOS,
> coming across an etymological comment indicating that 'Thomas'
> came from a phrase that meant something like "two things". Maybe
> that has some connection with "doubting Thomas" and/or the
> warning about being "double-minded" in some Christian texts.
> It may be that the names had this sense in addition to 'twin'.
a simple Greek dictionary indicates that it can mean 'double' or 'two-fold',
which is precisely the meaning(s) I had in mind. Also of interest is that,
according to Westcott (_The Occult Power of Numbers_), the number
five was occasionally called 'didymos', "... because it divided the
Decad into two equal parts".
Hopefully, it's clear that the two senses I'm trying to distinguish here
are (1) being a double or twin of someone/thing else, and (2) having
a dual nature, as in 'two-fold'. I suspect that both 'Thomas' and 'Didymos'
had both senses.
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