By Jacob Needleman, Jean-Yves Leloup

One of many cache of codices and manuscripts stumbled on in Nag Hammadi, the Gospel of Thomas, not like the canonical gospels, doesn't comprise a story recording Christ's lifestyles and prophecies. as a substitute it's a selection of his teachings--what he really stated. those 114 logia, or sayings, have been accrued by means of Judas Didymus Thomas, whom a few declare to be Jesus's closest disciple. No quicker used to be this gospel exposed from the sands of higher Egypt than students and theologians started to bury it anew in a bunch of conflicting interpretations and polemics. whereas a few say it's a hodgepodge from the canonical gospels, for others it's the resource textual content from which the entire gospel writers drew their fabric and thought.

In this new translation of the Gospel of Thomas, Jean-Yves Leloup indicates that the Jesus recorded by way of the "infinitely skeptical and infinitely believing" Thomas has a lot in universal with gnostics of non-dualistic faculties. Like them, Jesus preaches the arrival of a brand new guy, the genesis of the fellow of information. during this gospel, Jesus describes a trip from restricted to limitless recognition. The Jesus of Thomas invitations us to drink deeply from the good of data that lies inside of, now not in order that we might develop into sturdy Christians yet so we may perhaps reach the self-knowledge that might make each one people, too, a Christ.

Jean-Yves Leloup is the founding father of the Institute of alternative Civilization reports and the overseas university of Therapists. His different books comprise the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of Philip. He lives in France.

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64 Yeshua said: There was a man who invited some visitors. After preparing the meal, he sent his servant to summon the guests. ” The man answered: “I have business with some merchants who are arriving this evening. ” The man answered: “My friend is getting married and I must prepare the food. ” His master replied: “Then go out on the roads and invite whoever you find to dine with me. karpos M. joou M. wne paei Ntau. diwke M. tN xra! ou xra! me xM. na. ouw$ The Text of the Gospel of Thomas 39 65 Yeshua said: A good man had a vineyard, which he gave to tenants to work and harvest the fruit for him.

The good offer goodness from the secret of their heart. The perverse offer perversity from the secret of their heart. That which is expressed is what overflows from the heart. 46 Yeshua said: From Adam to John the Baptist, no one born of woman is higher than John the Baptist. Thus his eyes will not be destroyed. But I have said: Whoever among you becomes small will know the Kingdom, and be higher than John. 47 Yeshua said: A man cannot ride two horses nor bend two bows. A servant cannot serve two masters, for he will honor one and disdain the other.

Split the wood, and I am there. Turn over the stone, and there you will find me. 78 Yeshua said: Why do you roam the countryside? To see some reeds shaken by the wind? To see people like your kings and courtiers in elegant clothes? They wear fine clothes, but they cannot know the truth. ” He answered: Blessed are those who listen to the Word of the Father and truly follow it, for the day will come when you will say: Blessed are the womb that has never borne and the breasts that have never nursed.

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