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[gthomas] Re: Gospel of Thomas 19

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  • Tord Svenson
    ... We had some discussion concerning the five trees on the GOT list ( a general discussion list that spun out of gthomas last winter.) Here is a portion of a
    Message 1 of 2 , May 26, 1999
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      At 04:31 PM 5/26/99 -0400, Roger Banks wrote:
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      >For there are five trees in Paradise for you; they do not change, summer or
      >winter, and their leaves do not fall. Whoever
      >knows them will not taste death."
      >
      >What are the "five trees in Paradise" which Jesus makes reference to in #19?
      >
      >Any help would be greatly appreciated.
      >
      >Roger Banks
      >rbanks@...
      >
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      We had some discussion concerning the five trees on the GOT list ( a
      general discussion list that spun out of gthomas last winter.) Here is a
      portion of a post I wrote --perhaps it will help.
      ----------- Tord wrote ----------
      >There is a valuable reference in "The Untitled Text in the Bruce
      >Codex"
      >--------------------
      >>There is again another place which is called: deep. There are three
      >fatherhoods within
      >> it. The first father there is the covered one, who is the hidden God.
      >In the second father
      >> there stands five trees, and there is a table in their midst. And an
      >only-begotten word
      >> (logos) stands above the table, he having the twelve aspects of the
      >mind of the All ; and
      >> the prayer of each one is brought to him. This is he over whom the
      >All rejoiced because
      >> he appeared. And this is he whom the invisible one strove to know.
      >And this is he on
      >> account of whom the Man was manifested.
      >---------------------
      >I think an argument could be made that these are the five trees. There is a
      >trinity here --the father, the son and the holy spirit. In the son ( the
      >second father) are the five trees -- so Jesus is the Kingdom ( Paradise)
      >and has these five trees within himself.
      >There probably was an expanded account of the five trees mentioned in this
      >fragment that was not found ( thus far). Perhaps it went up in smoke when
      >part of the NHL was burned to light the kitchen stove.:-)
      >Tord



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