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Re: [GTh] Suggestions?

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  • Ian Brown
    Chris, I speak selfishly for myself (and I m guessing for several others here) when I ask if you might reveal some of the further readings you ve already
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 3, 2010
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      Chris,

      I speak selfishly for myself (and I'm guessing for several others here) when I ask if you might reveal some of the "further readings" you've already incorporated. I'm currently writing my MA and Thomas, and while I have read extensively, I'm always curious to see what other people have to say. I know the technical stuff much better than the popular stuff so I don't know that'd I'd be much use in suggesting further general readings, but one that comes to mind is King's What is Gnosticism? I have yet to encounter a devoted study to Thomas that adequately addresses the question of gnosticism, and it seems to me that a general reading audience might also enjoy in King what I think is very informative, fun, and easy to read.

      Beyond that, I don't know that I'll be much help.

      ian

    • Richard Hubbard
      Hi Chris- I doubt I can be of much help here, but I do have a question. I am completely unfamiliar with Paulist Press s What are They Saying About series so
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 4, 2010
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        Hi Chris-

        I doubt I can be of much help here, but I do have a question. I am
        completely unfamiliar with Paulist Press's "What are They Saying About"
        series so perhaps, for starters, you could identify who "they" are? Are
        we talking about scholars? Or are we talking about New Agers, Christian
        Apologists or the Curious Public?

        With regard to the latter three groups, lately I've taken quite an
        interest in what **they** have to say about Thomas. It's fascinating to
        observe (as a genuine cultural phenomenon) the diversity of opinions and
        responses to document that almost no one had even heard of fifty years
        ago. In fact, I just found a 500 + page book about Thomas on Ebay
        written in the early 80's by the notorious Bagwan Shree Rajneesh (Google
        his name for the full story behind this cat). There is apparently is
        even an actual church in west Texas (called the Gospel of Thomas
        Association- here is the Wikipedia link to it
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gospel_of_Thomas_Association). Of
        course the polemic directed at the Gospel of Thomas is abundant on the
        internet (the standard criticism being that it is a "gnostic" writing
        and therefore useless). Oddly enough, the Gospel of Thomas pops up in
        blogs having nothing to do with anything remotely related to religion.
        Thanks to Google Alerts I even ran across a web site selling knives that
        had a quote from Thomas on it!

        Cheers,

        Rick Hubbard

        |-----Original Message-----
        |From: gthomas@yahoogroups.com [mailto:gthomas@yahoogroups.com]
        |Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 1:06 PM
        |To: Richard Hubbard; gthomas@yahoogroups.com
        |Subject: {Disarmed} [GTh] Suggestions?
        |Importance: Low
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        |Greetings all,
        |
        |I have not posted to the group for some time and I have also been
        neglecting my blog
        |([ http://pejeiesous.com/ ]http://pejeiesous.com) for the last month.
        This is mainly due
        |to my feverishly working toward a publication deadline. I am writing a
        little book on
        |the Gospel of Thomas for Paulist Press' What Are They Saying About?
        series and
        |my deadline is rapidly approaching. The book is for non-scholars,
        students, and those
        |who are not otherwise specialists in the field of NT and early
        Christian studies. The
        |reason I'm writing is that I hope to conclude the book with a list of
        suggested readings
        |for future research. So far I have a tentative list broken down into
        three categories,
        |non-technical, semi-technical, and technical (with a description of
        each).
        |
        |Here's my question: Would the group members mind posting suggestions
        (individual
        |titles, books, articles, etc. or a list) of readings that they have
        found helpful for their
        |own study of Thomas? I have a good list generated already but I know
        that the GT
        |group is made up of an amalgam of people from different backgrounds.
        Since I am a
        |specialist in the field, I am not aware of what non-specialists might
        find to be helpfu.
        |So.....I would like to know what YOU regard as helpful. I may or may
        not include it in
        |my list but I certainly would like to glean any insights you as a group
        might have.
        |Also, I hope to include a list of web resources. So far I have the
        eight or so web
        |resources that I consider to be of greatest value. Again, I'm not aware
        of everything
        |YOU have found useful. Please, suggest away. I would greatly appreciate
        it.
        |
        |Thanks,
        |
        |Chris Skinner
        |
        |
        |
      • Judy Redman
        Rick says: I doubt I can be of much help here, but I do have a question. I am completely unfamiliar with Paulist Press s What are They Saying About series so
        Message 3 of 4 , Nov 5, 2010
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          Rick says:

           

          I doubt I can be of much help here, but I do have a question. I am
          completely unfamiliar with Paulist Press's "What are They Saying About"
          series so perhaps, for starters, you could identify who "they" are? Are
          we talking about scholars? Or are we talking about New Agers, Christian
          Apologists or the Curious Public?

           

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          and Judy responds:

           

          I haven’t read widely in this series, but the “they” in “What are they saying about the Parables” is definitely scholars. They are aimed at an intelligent non-specialist who is interested in finding out what scholars are saying, but are useful for scholars. I found the Parables book a very good introduction to the breadth of scholarship so that I could work out who the major players are, what positions they take and what I might need to delve more deeply into.

           

          Chris:

           

          I will have a look over the weekend and see what I found/find useful. I did a couple of lectures on Gos Thomas for an overview of early Christianity course earlier in the year and the feedback I got was that it was very accessible, so the bibliography is probably useful. J

           

          Judy

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