- Someone on the group once proposed that the author of Philip had an open copy of Thomas before him. Indeed, Philip follows Thomas in NHL. Consider the two following statements. Could Thomas have been the original? Alternatively, could they both have come from the same tradition, perhaps a non-canonical saying which originally might have been present in Q?
Thomas 19a: Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being.
Philip, NHLe page 145: Blessed is he who is before he came into being, for he who is was and shall be.
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