Criticism Of Thomas Gnosticism

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Discuss Thomas Gnosticism. What did it mean to be a Thomas Christian? How was that different from Johannine or Pauline Christianity ? Include a broad description of the Gospel of Thomas, the Book of Thomas the Contender, and the Acts of Thomas , pointing to their similarity and differences Gospel of Thomas According to class lecture notes on November 17th 2016 , The Gospel of Thomas can be set during the early part of the 2nd century . It seems that the Gospel of Thomas was an contemporary with the Gospel of John 1 However according to Richard Valantasis in his book The Gospel of Thomas., states that placing a date on the Gospel …show more content…
It is because of the similarities between the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Thomas that there is the opinion that the Gospel of Thomas is a second century work. There are definitively a few similarities to the Pauline theology. In the Pauline theology Jesus died for our sins but not in the Gospel of Thomas. A similarity that there is between the Gospel of Thomas and Paul is that they both care for the hungry.4 The genre of the Gospel of Thomas is hard to place. According to Nicholas Perrin in his article Recent Trends in Gospel of Thomas Research (1989–2011). Part II: Genre, Theology and Relationship to the Gospel of John, also agrees that the genre is hard to place he states “The question of genre, so far as the Gospel of Thomas is concerned, has been a bedeviled one on several fronts. In the first place, we suspect that nearly all scholars writing on Thomas today would agree that any firm determination of genre risks obscuring the historical reality, likely involving a complex evolution that reflects both oral and literary aspects …show more content…
( Riley 2016) For Paul Jews and Gentiles are saved by faith not rituals c.f Galatians 2.:15- 21. However in the Gospel of Thomas cf Thomas 6 and Thomas 14 , rituals are kept such as keeping of the Sabbath, praying three times a day and fasting. Paul does not impose Jewish laws on the Gentiles although the Jewish Christians wanted to impose Jewish laws and rituals on the Gentiles ( Riley 2016) 8 Birger Pearson states that because the Gospel of Thomas does not have the Gnostic theology for example the Sophia myth or the malevolent demiurge it is not a Gnostic text, however he states that the Gospel of Thomas shares in common the emphasis of knowledge.9 In Thomas Christianity according to Pearson Jesus and Thomas are twins and because of this , it illustrates a relationship between the individual Christian and Jesus who can be found within. To know thyself is to know one 's double constructed as the twin of Christ. A person 's double is of heavenly origin and as a result of self knowledge can return to heaven

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