Re: [GTh] The Sectarian Thomas
- In a message dated 05/19/2003 3:20:54AM, kirby@... writes:
<< received this comment from a visitor:
Alas, these sayings have far too much of a sectarian attitude. These
tendencies are also present (in my opinion) in the Gospel of John, but here
they really stand out: it's "us" versus "the rest", and those others are
ignorant. The gospel of Thomas has its historic merits, but is too
narrowminded to be "believable" in these days.
What do you all think about the "sectarian-ness" of GThomas? >>
Study the Essenes for a counterpoint to Thomas. They have a really US
Mentality. Most Sects do.
Within their texts There is the "You have heard that you shall Bless those
that bless you and Curse those That curse you." It is not found in the Old
It is found in Essene writings.
It would appear that 1st century sects were rather Exclusive and all
carried the US versus them connotation.
Regards JOHN MOON
Springfield, Tenn. 37172