Re: [GTh] Lions
- Tom>>This is just one possibility but it typifies the Thomas methodology of
being able to give the sayings multiple interpretations and combine sayings
with sayings. This appears intentional to me.
To me as well. You could substitute almost any vice in the place of lion
(hate), and opposing virtue (love) into the word human and have it make
sense. There seems to be a reference here to "inner self", and the conflict
within each of us between what we know is the right thing to do (selfless),
and what is "selfish". Many of these saying do have multiple "valid"
interpretations. From my point of view, they often seem to to apply to the
"inner" self, and the conflict within between selfishness and selflessness,
pride, vs. humility, love and forgiveness vs. hate and intolerance.
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- Tom Saunders writes:
> The GTh seems to not only reference the inner self but there isconsideration of the 'self' as it relates to society. This shows
magnificent insight into sociodynamics which can actually be applied. This
is definitely outside the box in the belief that others, outside the first
Christian Jewish culture, could become Christian. It connotes a sameness
for the inner self in all of us.
I agree. There do seem to be some pervasive themes in these sayings: Unity
in God, and "inner" enlightenment being two primary themes as I see it.
Interestingly enough, these sayings are as applicable to the reader of
today, some 2000 years later, as they were to the audience to which they
were first spoken. As you point out, the cultural "tagging" going on
wasn't that severe, and these sayings remain applicable to someone in our
culture today as well as to those in his original audience. I find that
remarkable and fascinating.
>The closest I have come to figuring out the scheme in Thomas as far as itapplies to the self is to relate 'states of grace' the inner self, the
social self, and the spiritual self to the text. Some of the sayings
reflect all three, and some one or two. There could be a pattern, but it is
awfully easy to make another arrangement of Thomas, which turns out as valid
as the next.
I agree with that thinking. I also think there's a pervasive theme here
about our ultimate unity in God as well, and how this affects our
relationship to the community in an *ETERNAL* sense.
- I'm curious what might be a good reference source that talks about literacy
rates in Jerusalem during the early first century. I keep hearing that it
was very low, but I've yet to hear a lot of hard facts to support these
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