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Description - The Gospel of Thomas by Jean-Yves Leloup

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 fact 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 sceptical 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 Details

ISBN: 9781594770463
ISBN-10: 1594770468
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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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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