Re: [GTh] Gnostic redaction or Maybe a Clue to the real Author ?
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From: "David Arbuckle" <ossobuccoman@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2005 7:07 PM
Subject: [GTh] Gnostic redaction or Maybe a Clue to the real Author ?
> My name is Dave Arbuckle, I am new to the group and I
> have a question about Gnostic redactions in the Gospel
> of Thomas. I am of the thinking that Thomas is not
> gnostic, and have wondered about the quote concerning
> the disciples being led by James, and Heaven and Earth
> comming into being for his sake. I wonder if this is a
> redact as a way for the gnostics (who obviously had
> the text last) to show that they recognized James as
> the leader of the church, and were trying to counter
> the forces of the Orthodox that had adopted Peter as
> their leader, or is it possible that James is infact
> the Author and is doing a little self promotion.
IMO the reference to James in saying 12 is not Gnostic but
Jewish-Christian. Whether or not it is part of the earliest core of
Thomas it is unlikely to be a late addition.
A better candidate for an anti-Petrine late addition IMO would be
saying 13 where Matthew and Simon Peter are not worthy of the
special revelation given by Jesus to Thomas.