The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas Hardback

Original Language and Influences

by Simon Gathercole

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The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas

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This book addresses two central questions in current research on the Gospel of Thomas: what was its original language and which early Christian works influenced it? At present, theories of Thomas as a Semitic work abound. Simon Gathercole dismantles these approaches, arguing instead that Thomas is Greek literature and that the matter of Thomas's original language is connected with an even more controverted question: that of the relationship between Thomas and the canonical New Testament. Rather than being independent of Matthew, Mark and Luke (as in most Western Aramaic theories of Thomas) or thoroughly dependent on the four gospels (as in most Syriac approaches), Gathercole develops a newly refined approach to how Thomas is influenced by the Synoptic Gospels. Thomas can be seen to refer to Matthew as a gospel writer, and evidence is discussed showing that Thomas incorporates phraseology distinctive to Luke, while also extending that special Lukan language.

The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas by Simon Gathercole was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2012. The ISBN for The Composition of the Gospel of Thomas is 9781107009042.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (March 2012)
Number of Pages336
Thickness20 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4027428
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