The Gospel of Thomas: The Gnostic Wisdom of Jesus
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A new translation and analysis of the gospel that records the actual words of Jesus
• Explores the gnostic significance of Jesus's teachings recorded in this gospel
• Explains the true nature of the new man whose coming Jesus envisioned
• Translated and interpreted by the author of the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip
One of the cache of codices and manuscripts discovered in Nag Hammadi, the Gospel of Thomas, unlike the canonical gospels, does not contain a narrative recording Christ's life and prophecies. Instead it is a collection of his teachings--what he actually said. These 114 logia, or sayings, were collected by Judas Didymus Thomas, whom some claim to be Jesus's closest disciple. No sooner was this gospel uncovered from the sands of Upper Egypt than scholars and theologians began to bury it anew in a host of conflicting interpretations and polemics. While some say it is a hodgepodge from the canonical gospels, for others it is the source text from which all the gospel writers drew their material and inspiration.
In this new translation of the Gospel of Thomas, Jean-Yves Leloup shows that the Jesus recorded by the "infinitely skeptical and infinitely believing" Thomas has much in common with gnostics of non-dualistic schools. Like them, Jesus preaches the coming of a new man, the genesis of the man of knowledge. In this gospel, Jesus describes a journey from limited to unlimited consciousness. The Jesus of Thomas invites us to drink deeply from the well of knowledge that lies within, not so that we may become good Christians but so we may attain the self-knowledge that will make each of us, too, a Christ.
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or emotion. It directs our attention to our true origin, unborn and uncreated. There is our true Father. When we discover it, we can only prostrate ourselves and worship it, for we are before the divine abyss of uncreated Being and Love. Commentary 90 Logion 16 Yeshua said: People may think that I have come to bring peace to the world. They do not know that I have come to sow division upon the earth: fire, sword, war. When there are five in a house, three will be against two and two against
warm ourselves in its rays. This is also the paradox of union with the divine: It is neither fusion nor separation. Commentary 93 Logion 18 The disciples asked Yeshua: “Tell us, what will be our end?” Yeshua answered: What do you know of the beginning, so that you now seek the end? Where the beginning is, the end will also be. Blessed are those who abide in the beginning, for they will know the end and will not taste death. (CF. MATT 24:3–6; JOHN 20:15; I PETER 4:17.) Some questions are vain.
was Paul who said: “In Christ there is neither male nor female.” Indeed, there are only individuals. Their relations are determined by animal attraction not between male and female, but between man and woman, recalling the image of the yin-yang circle, which draws the whole universe into the rhythm of its wedding. In this rediscovered unity all things appear as transfigured: You will have eyes in your eyes, for they will see at last. You will have a hand in your hand, for now you truly will be