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Gnosticism, Wisdom, Asceticism, & Mysticism: Four Views on the Gospel of Thomas

May 17, 2010

Awhile back I mentioned that I am finishing a book about current scholarly opinion on the Gospel of Thomas. The book focuses on three critical questions: (1) when was Thomas written? (2) what is Thomas‘s relationship to the canonical gospels? and (3) what theological outlook does Thomas present to the reader? I am currently working on the third question and I thought a series of posts might be a good way to flesh out some of what I’ve been reading/writing in recent weeks. I will be focusing on four schools of thought:  Thomas as a gnostic document, Thomas as an example of Jewish or Christian wisdom, Thomas as an ascetic work (likely reflecting the ethos of early Syrian Christianity), and Thomas as an example of Christian mysticism.

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  1. May 18, 2010 3:57 am

    I’m looking forward to these posts. Do you see them as necessarily mutally exclusive? I’m not sure that I think that deciding that it’s ascetic necessarily excludes it from being wisdom or mysticism. I’m not so au fait with gnositicism that I’m sure about that.

  2. Peje Iesous permalink*
    May 19, 2010 12:28 am

    Judy, glad you are looking forward to the posts. I don’t see these categories as mutually exclusive but those who have written on the topic of Thomas’s theology have tended to lean more in the direction of one over the others. I will try to bring this out as I go through the posts. Thanks for paying attention!

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