Thomas, The Contender, And The Acts Of Thomas Essay

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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 of Thomas is difficult . He states that scholars placed the date as early 40 AD or as late as 140 AD. He also states that dating is difficult because scholars are unsure whether to place the Gospel of Thomas with the original sayings or the Coptic texts or what the author of the gospel has published.2 Robert E Van Voorst agrees with Gregory Riley that it is a 2nd century work however he suggests that many of the sayings are of a much older oral work.3 The theology of the Gospel of Thomas is similar to that of the Gospel of John . 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…

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