Re: [GTh] Gospel of Thomas and Oriental Spiritual Approches
- Where is this book available for purchase? As a lover of both the Gospel of
Thomas and the Jesus Sutras, I'd love to have to have this book. I couldn't
find it via Amazon or Google.
Blog of the Grateful Bear:
----- Original Message -----
From: "benedictlo1" <benedictlo1@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 4:50 PM
Subject: [GTh] Gospel of Thomas and Oriental Spiritual Approches
Exactly 60 years after The Gospel of Thomas was unearthed, the first
Chinese gThomas book, entitled "The Spiritual Analects of Jesus - The
Gospel of Thomas" has been published (Nov. 2005) by Lapen Press (Press
of Literature History and Philosophy) in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
The contents of this book are:
2. The Spiritual Analects of Jesus:
Left page: Full Chinese translation parallel to English translation.
Right page: Coptic/Chinese (as Michael Grondin did for English
version but more explanation in coptic grammar) and
Greek/Chinese interlinear translation.
3. The Spiritual Analects of Jesus in Chinese [2nd version] (with only
one "Jesus said" and with minor editing).
4. Commentary and related documents:
(Many Church father's documents, The Jesus Sutras [found in
Dun-Huang China 1908], Toa-De Jin, Buddhism documents, Zen poems,
Chinese ancient philosophers' documents are included and discussed
in the commentary)
(1) Chapter 90 of the Gospel of Holy Twelve: What is Truth?
(2) The Gospel of Mary (Coptic/Chinese Interlinear and full Chinese
(3) Lord's prayer (Coptic/Chinese Interlinear translation).
This book was written in a highly academic way. In addition, many
sayings were presented with the Chinese poetic manner (something like
Zen poem style). One may find that ~40% of the comments in this book
were extracted from western authors' publications and 60% were newly
introduced by the author. For example, saying 33 was reformatted in
such way that the spiritual hearing system and spiritual visual system
are listed side by side for comparison:
spiritual hearing system spiritual visual system
Ear (Copt- maaje) Bushel (Copt- maaje)
Words listened (Copt- swtM erof) Light (Copt- ouoein)
Ear [of heart](Copt- xM pke maaje) Lamp (Copt- xhBS)
Housetop(Copt- jenepwr) Lampstand (Copt- luynia)
Proclaim (Copt- ta0eoei0) Light a lamp (Copt- e0are fjere xhBS)
[Words received by everyone's ear] Everyone.. see its light (Copt-
euna nau apef ouoein)
- I am not sure how many people read Chinese in this group. Since Darrel
asked, let me give further information for your convenience. You can
buy the book from the bookstore websites in Taiwan:
If your computer does not display Chinese, you may need to download
the Chinese (BIG5) package from your original OS CD.
I also have the complete Jesus Sutras (JS) text in Chinese. Both the
book and JS only make sense for those who read Chinese or actively
learning Chinese. You (gthomas member only) can send me your mailing
address to my yahoo e-mail. I will then send each requested member a
copy. My only request is that donate $30 to whichever charity
organization you wish to. I can only spare 20 copies for gthomas
members now, first come first serve. If you want my autograph in
Chinese, in English or both, please express your wish in the e-mail.
Those who wish to receive a copy of complete Jesus Sutras (25 pages)
in Chinese and accept copy print from my computer or copy machine,
please add $10 in your donation, I can send it with the book. Again
don't send money to me. Instead add the amount in your charity
donation. That's all.
I will post a message at this web when all 20 copies are gone, but one
might try later. [I hope that the Owner and Moderator of gthomas
approve my proposal]
In my first message, does "the spiritual hearing system vs. spiritual
visual system" (saying 33) inspire anybody?