Re: A preliminarily work in GHoly12 associated with GThomas (parallels?)
The simple answer is that Ousley used the Oxyrhynchus Greek fragments
of Thomas published by Grenfell and Hunt in 1898 and 1904. The sayings
below that aren't in the Greek Thomas fragments have synoptic
parallels which would have been Ouseley's source.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "benedictlo1" <benedictlo1@y...> wrote:
> > Hi benedict,
> > If you post the parallels between Thomas and GHoly12 we could
> discuss them.
> > Andrew
> I am sure that I have not exhausted all the potential correlated
> materials. So let me post the first set of my problems below. Your
> and/or others' help are greatly appreciated.
> [ I use " xxxx " to indicate correlected text. ]
> GH12 - 88:5
> "And Jesus said, I stood in the midst of the world, and in
> the flesh was I seen and heard, and I found all men glutted with their
> own pleasures, and drunk with their own follies, and none found I
> hungry or athirst for the wisdom which is of God. My soul grieveth
> over the sons and daughters of men because they are blind in their
> heart, and in their soul are they deaf and hear not my voice."
> GTh 28 (Greek)
> "Jesus saith: I stood in the midst of the world, and in the flesh was
> I seen of them, and I found and men drunken, and none found I athirst
> among them, and my soul grieveth over the sons of men because they are
> blind in their heart."
> GH12 27:12
> . But a city which is built foursquare, enclosed in a circle or on
> the top of a hill, and "established on a rock, can neither fall" nor
> be hidden.
> GH12 39:6
> Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a City "built foursquare on
> the top of a high hill, and established on a rock, and strong in its
> surrounding wall", and its towers and its gates, which lie to the
> north, and to the south, and to the east, and to the west. Such a
> city falleth not, neither can it be hidden,
> GTh 32
> A city built upon the top of a hill "and fortified, can neither fall"
> nor be hidden.
> GH12 13:5
> And he said: Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own
> home or in his own country, "neither doth a physician work cures upon
> them that know him."
> GTh - 31
> Jesus said, A prophet is not . "Nor does a physican perform healings
> for those who know him."
> GH12 - 39:5
> Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a woman who taketh of the
> incorruptible leaven and hideth it in three measures of meal, till the
> whole is leavened, and being baked by fire, "becometh one loaf."
> GTh - 96
> Jesus said, The Father's kingdom is like a woman. She took a ..., and
> "made it into large loaves of bread"...
> GH12 - 19:6
> "Raise the Stone, and there thou shall find me. Cleave the wood, and
> there am I." For in the fire and in the water even as in every living
> form, God is manifest as it's Life and it's Substance.
> GTh 30 (Greek)
> Jesus said, , I say, I am with him. "Lift the stone and there you
> will find me. Split the wood and I am there."
> (The following ones are not in the sense of words but in meaning)
> GH12 - 64:7
> "From the Eternal they flow, to the Eternal they return." The spirit
> to Spirit, soul to Soul, mind to Mind, sense to Sense, life to Life,
> form to Form, dust to Dust.
> GH12 - 94:2
> "As all creatures come forth from the unseen into this world, so they
> return to the unseen, and so will they come again till they be
> GTh - 49
> Jesus said: Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you
> will find the kingdom. "For you have come from it, and you will return
> there again."
> GTh - 77
> Jesus said: "I am the light that is over all things. I am all: from me
> all came forth, and to me all attained."
> The simple answer is that Ousley used the Oxyrhynchus Greek fragments
> of Thomas published by Grenfell and Hunt in 1898 and 1904. The sayings
> below that aren't in the Greek Thomas fragments have synoptic
> parallels which would have been Ouseley's source.
> Best Wishes
I believe others investigators including myself would have a similar
answer. To be fair, we need to find the earliest version of GH12
(1892-189?), to prove that these were not in there and junk it.
However, personally I like several chapters made up or collected from
somewhere in GH12. In terms of quality, some of these are much better
than those collected in old old days by some unknown persons. But many
missionaries from the West come, proclaim that the collection is
nothing but the TRUTH, and push everybody to worship it.
One major reason that I brought GThomas to Chinese people's attention
is because its unequaled quality. In addition, its spiritual approch
in some way is very similar to the Zen but 500 years earlier.