Thomas and the Gospels Paperback

The Making of an Apocryphal Text

by Mark Goodacre;

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Thomas and the Gospels

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The Gospel of Thomas is the most controversial of the non-canonical gospels and the most important source outside the Gospels for our understanding of the historical Jesus and Christianity's origins. Mark Goodacre makes a detailed and compelling case that the author of The Gospel of Thomas is, after all, familiar with the Synoptic Gospels. He shows that the arguments for independence are inadequate and that the degree of agreement between Thomas and the Synoptics is far too great to be mediated by oral tradition. He suggests that Thomas features tell-tale signs of Matthew's and Luke's redactions and that the Gospel should be dated to the early to middle second century, when its author was looking for a means of lending the voice of his enigmatic Jesus an authoritative, Synopic-sounding legitimacy.

Thomas and the Gospels by Mark Goodacre was published by SPCK in October 2012. The ISBN for Thomas and the Gospels is 9780281067763.

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Details for Thomas and the Gospels

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK (October 2012)
Number of Pages224
Thickness234 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4039692
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