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The Gospel of Thomas: The Gnostic Wisdom of Jesus

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CHRISTIAN STUDIES / GNOSTICISM

“Among all the astonishing documents unearthed in 1945 near the desert village of Nag Hammadi, the Gospel of Thomas has made the greatest impact on our understanding of Christianity. . . . The words in this text have the power to touch an unknown part of ourselves that brings with it an undeniable recognition of truth and hope.”
Jacob Needleman, author of Lost Christianity and The American Soul

“In this remarkable book, scholar-mystic Jean-Yves Leloup invites us to meditate on the ‘eternal jewel,’the revelation of Jesus, and on the reign of God spread all around us, within and without. May these logia of Jesus translated from the Gospel of Thomas fall on good soil and yield a bountiful harvest of peace, justice, and enlightenment.”
Margaret Starbird, author of The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail

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 in 114 logia, or sayings, that were gathered by Judas Didymus Thomas, whom some claim was Jesus’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 nondualistic 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 that we may attain the self-knowledge that will make each of us, too, a Christ.

JEAN-YVES LELOUP is the founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists. His other books include the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdaleneand The Gospel of Philip.He lives in France.

Synopsis:

Analysis of the gospel that records the actual words of Jesus.

Synopsis:

LeLoup provides an analysis of the gospel that records the actual words of Jesus.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Jean-Yves Leloup is the founder of the Institute of Other Civilization Studies and the International College of Therapists. His other books include the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip. He lives in France.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jacob Needleman

Abbreviations

Introduction

The Text of the Gospel of Thomas

Commentary

Resources

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594770463
Translator:
Needleman, Jacob
Translator:
LeLoup, Jean-Yves
Notes by:
Rowe, Joseph
Author:
Needleman, Jacob
Author:
LeLoup, Jean-Yves
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Subject:
Bible - Controversial Speculation
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
Gnosticism
Subject:
Christianity - History - General
Subject:
Biblical Studies - Controversial Speculation
Subject:
Christianity-Bible Commentary
Subject:
Religion Western-Bible Reference
Subject:
CLASSICAL STUDIES;CREATION;CULTURAL;CULTURE;CHRIST;DEAD SEA SCROLLS;EVOLUTION;GNOSTIC;GNOSTICISM;GOD;ALTERNATIVE;GOSPEL;HISTORY;HERESY;INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE WEST;JESUS;RELIGION;RELIGIONS;SACRED;SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT;STUDIES;WESTER
Subject:
CLASSICAL STUDIES;CREATION;CULTURAL;CULTURE;CHRIST;DEAD SEA SCROLLS;EVOLUTION;GNOSTIC;GNOSTICISM;GOD;ALTERNATIVE;GOSPEL;HISTORY;HERESY;INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE WEST;JESUS;RELIGION;RELIGIONS;SACRED;SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT;STUDIES;WESTER
Subject:
CLASSICAL STUDIES;CREATION;CULTURAL;CULTURE;CHRIST;DEAD SEA SCROLLS;EVOLUTION;GNOSTIC;GNOSTICISM;GOD;ALTERNATIVE;GOSPEL;HISTORY;HERESY;INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE WEST;JESUS;RELIGION;RELIGIONS;SACRED;SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT;STUDIES;WESTER
Subject:
CLASSICAL STUDIES;CREATION;CULTURAL;CULTURE;CHRIST;DEAD SEA SCROLLS;EVOLUTION;GNOSTIC;GNOSTICISM;GOD;ALTERNATIVE;GOSPEL;HISTORY;HERESY;INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE W
Subject:
EST;JESUS;RELIGION;RELIGIONS;SACRED;SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT;STUDIES;WESTERN SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT MYSTERIES/CREATION SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT MYSTERIES/DEAD SEA SCROLLS;ARCHAEOLOGY/HISTORY;CHRISTIAN;CHRISTIANITY;CIVILIZATIONS
Subject:
CLASSICAL STUDIES;CREATION;CULTURAL;CULTURE;CHRIST;DEAD SEA SCROLLS;EVOLUTION;GNOSTIC;GNOSTICISM;GOD;ALTERNATIVE;GOSPEL;HISTORY;HERESY;INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE WEST;JESUS;RELIGION;RELIGIONS;SACRED;SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT;STUDIES;WESTER
Subject:
CLASSICAL STUDIES;CREATION;CULTURAL;CULTURE;CHRIST;DEAD SEA SCROLLS;EVOLUTION;GNOSTIC;GNOSTICISM;GOD;ALTERNATIVE;GOSPEL;HISTORY;HERESY;INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE WEST;JESUS;RELIGION;RELIGIONS;SACRED;SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT;STUDIES;WESTER
Subject:
CLASSICAL STUDIES;CREATION;CULTURAL;CULTURE;CHRIST;DEAD SEA SCROLLS;EVOLUTION;GNOSTIC;GNOSTICISM;GOD;ALTERNATIVE;GOSPEL;HISTORY;HERESY;INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE WEST;JESUS;RELIGION;RELIGIONS;SACRED;SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT;STUDIES;WESTER
Subject:
CLASSICAL STUDIES;CREATION;CULTURAL;CULTURE;CHRIST;DEAD SEA SCROLLS;EVOLUTION;GNOSTIC;GNOSTICISM;GOD;ALTERNATIVE;GOSPEL;HISTORY;HERESY;INDIGENOUS SPIRITUALITY;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE WEST;JESUS;RELIGION;RELIGIONS;SACRED;SPIRITUALITY;ANCIENT;STUDIES;WESTER
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in 10.57 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Analysis of the gospel that records the actual words of Jesus.
"Synopsis" by , LeLoup provides an analysis of the gospel that records the actual words of Jesus.
"Synopsis" by , 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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