[gthomas] Re: Interpretations of Thomas
- Terry wrote:
> So rather than dissecting minor details, let's some of usI don't think it's either/or here. There's lots of different things
> talk about the mystery and launch out into the deep....
that people might be interested in examining. For example:
> I've been reading some of the postings and most of them seem to be hairThe great Jacob Neusner repeatedly says "God is in the details."
> splitting over what appear to me to be insignificant details (my opinion, I
Sometimes little things mean a lot. This is especially true in terms
of comparison between Thomas sayings and NT versions of them.
And yet it's entirely possible that details are insignificant.
> Would like to see some discussion of how the Gospel of ThomasHere you are often going to have to be interested in details.
> confirms and differs with the standard scriptures.
> In particular, thereI tend to agree. But if it can't be apprehended or understood there
> are some accounts that differ markedly, ie, Passage 13 in which Jesus asks
> the disciples who He resembles. There are also some unique passages
> appearing nowhere else:
> Passage 67:
> He who knows the All
> and does not know himself
> Has missed everything.
> Passage 59
> Look to the Living One
> as long as you live, lest you die,
> Then search for him, and fail.
> ...and others that directly point to the mystery. I don't think that it's
> to be apprehended or understood (and it is probably incapable of being
> understood by us, only felt).
really isn't much point in talking about it!
> I think that rather than arguing over whether these say-ings can be trulyAgain, you can do both. They are two quite different questions. Same
> attributed to Jesus, we should take them for what they are.
questions occur with, e.g., Matthew scholarship. On the one hand
you can try and figure out what if anything there is in Matthew that
tells us about Jesus himself. On the other hand you can entirely
ignore this and look at what Matthew tells us about its own self. So
sure, you can take the sayings for what they are at the same time
as you or others worry about whether Jesus said them or not.
> Certainly theI thought it couldn't be apprehended or understood.
> apostle Paul's writings are taken as literal scripture by Protestants, yet
> in some ways they are in direct conflict with other gospels (particularly
> James), who Jesus supposedly left in charge of the church after his death
> and resurrection. So rather than dissecting minor details, let's some of us
> talk about the mystery and launch out into the deep...
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