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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 006065581X, Hardcover)The gospel according to Thomas is an ancient collection of sayings attributed to Jesus and thought to be recorded by his brother Judas, the Twin (Thomas means "twin" in Aramaic). Some scholars suggest that this gospel was collected from New Testament sayings, while others believe it springs from a completely independent author because many of the quotations are not in the New Testament at all. It slept for two millennia in a stone jar until it was accidentally exhumed by a group of fertilizer gatherers in the northern Egyptian desert in 1945. (The gospel is just one document in the fourth-century papyrus library discovered near the city of Nag Hammadi, from which the entire collection gets its name.) Marvin Meyer's distinguished translation includes Coptic text on each left page and the English translation on the right. It is considered by many to be perhaps the closest we'll ever get to reading what was actually said by the historical Jesus. In The Gospel of Thomas, you'll discover a different kind of Christ--a wandering spiritual teacher from Galilee who performs no miracles, reveals little prophecy, announces no apocalypse, and dies for no one's sins. --P. Randall Cohan
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"The Gospel of Thomas" lay hidden in the sands of Egypt for over 1600 years until recently discovered. Thus, it was not tampered with by anyone, and what we have are the sayings of a Master, with very little colouring or dilution. "The Gospel" is made up entirely of short and highly concentrated sayings - mini-parables, each with an outer form and deep inner meanings - which are given in symbolic language that reaches directly to the spiritual being at the centre of each of us. They are presented here in pleasing and sympathetic calligraphy. These poetic and profound sayings can point to the answers to many questions of vital importance. In absorbing them, an inner tranquillity, peace and contentment may be found.
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