The Gospel of Thomas
The Gnostic Wisdom of Jesus
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Gospel of Thomas by Jean-Yves Leloup
Book DescriptionOne 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9781594770463
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jean-Yves Leloup
Compassion and Meditation, Paperback (July 2009)
A profound reflection on how complementary themes in Buddhism and Christianity could serve as the basis for a truly ecumenical faith, this book shows how Buddha and Jesus represent the distinct yet complementary values of meditation and compassion.
Judas and Jesus, Paperback (January 2007)
Presents a radical reinterpretation of the relationship of Jesus and Judas which re-examines the role and the purpose Judas played in the Crucifixion story.
Gospel of Philip, Paperback (August 2004)
A new translation and analysis of one of the most controversial of the apocryphal gospels.
Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Paperback (February 2002)» View all books by Jean-Yves Leloup
Restores to the forefront of the Christian tradition the importance of the divine feminine.
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Author Biography - Jean-Yves Leloup
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.
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