Questions tagged [gnostic-gospels]

The 'gnostic gospels' is a collective term for the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of second, third and fourth century texts which present a 'gnostic' view of Jesus. Typically these are written in the coptic language, originating around Egypt.

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Gospel of Thomas, What is Putting a 'Foot in Place of a Foot?'

I've wondered about this for years, what does Thomas mean? The passage is below, Thomas 1:22: Jesus said to them, "When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and ...
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Gospel of Thomas #114 interpretation please

#114 (But I say to you): “Every woman who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven. Interpretation please. How difficult is this parable?
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What does “silver unstamped” mean?

Acts of Thomas 2: and agreed with him for three litrae of silver unstamped What does "silver unstamped" mean? Does it mean a piece of silver?
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What is meant by the fire that Jesus is guarding in Thomas 10?

In the gospel of Thomas Jesus refers to a fire that he is guarding, below is the passage: Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and look, I'm guarding it until it blazes." What ...
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Did Judas expect legions of angels would rescue Jesus?

In the Garden of Gethsemane, as He was about to be arrested, Jesus said: Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? (Matthew ...
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Is verse 114 of the Gospel of Thomas a later addition?

Simon Peter said to him, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life." Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling ...
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What are the words at the bottom of this codex leaf from the Gospel of Thomas?

This is the last page of the Nag Hammadi Codex II of the Gospel of Thomas: The last two lines look like (with mixed cases) π*γα***ςιον πκαταθωμάς The second of these is "according to Thomas" ...
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Is there a contradiction in being told by disciples the hidden (disciple only) meaning behind parables for the masses, even though we are the masses?

In for example Matthew 13, Jesus says parables (e.g. of the sower), says that he, Jesus, does not want to tell the masses their meaning, then tells the disciples the parables' hidden (disciple only) ...
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What do these two parables from the Gospel of Thomas mean exactly about the Kingdom of God?

Jesus said, "The [Father's] kingdom is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind ...
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When (and where) was the Sayings Gospel of Thomas written?

The Sayings Gospel of Thomas shares several of Jesus' proverbs and parables with the Synoptic tradition. Some websites place Thomas and the three Synoptics in four columns together, to be read in ...
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What Evidence Supports The Gospel Of Thomas Being Q? [closed]

Simple question--what evidence is there that the Gospel of Thomas may actually be Q? For example, is there any solid evidence of Gospel of Thomas being composed before the synoptic gospels? ...
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What is the relationship between the Synoptics and the Gospel of Thomas?

I know the Jesus Seminar held that Q and the Gospel of Thomas were prior in composition to the writing of the Synoptics. Is this still a dominant view among scholars (as far as Thomas)? What can be ...
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Is the 1500-Year-Old Gospel of Barnabas found in Turkey claiming Jesus was never crucified genuine or a hoax?

A Bible which is reported to be at least 1500 years old was discovered in Turkey and inside it there is a Gospel of Barnabas. The book was moved by Turkish government to one of their museums by ...
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Does the Gospel of Thomas help in reproducing the hermeneutical methods of the apostles?

The assumed genre of a work affects how it is interpreted. Most have assumed the Gospel of Thomas is a Gnostic work and attempt to interpret it literally as such. This question has nothing to do ...