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Re: [GTh] dichotomies in Thomas

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  • Tom Saunders
    I enjoyed William Arnal s article and would like to address a couple of points in regard to it. As to the point of understanding Thomas as a product of the
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 7, 2001
      I enjoyed William Arnal's article and would like to address a couple of
      points in regard to it.

      As to the point of understanding Thomas as a product of the semantic time
      slot, there seems to be no discernable 'now code' language in the text. This
      meaning code, as to the time of Thomas has to be changes that took place
      in the 'elaborated code' of the time. This gives Thomas an intentional
      clarity that the writers would have perceived necessary for the document
      to be of use to future generations. The writers must have realized that
      the text would be translated into other languages which makes 'now coded'
      language very damaging to semantic content.

      There is no question that the text is directed to a utility for different
      people. The parables are well explained in Matthew as how Jesus addressed
      the multitudes.

      This is impoortant to understand because Jesus not only used parables
      but symbolism which can distort the intended meaning if you do not understand
      the context and intention for a particular audience. For instance references
      to the spirit, Satan, the soul and God can be highly misunderstood, and are.

      Thomas and Mary refer to demons as internal, psychological concepts. Mark,
      Luke and others refer to them as external, and seperate from the individual.
      This is one way the Pharisees have hidden the keys of knowledge.

      Tom
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