The Gospel of Thomas


The Gospel of Thomas, and the other gnostic gospels that we now have, was discovered in Egypt in 1945, near a town called Nag Hammadi (hence the name Nag Hammadi Library). Of all the Gospels in that collection, Thomas is considered to be the most important one, and some have suggested that it is a candidate for the theoretical Q gospel that Matthew and Luke, using a copy of Mark and this Q gospel, wrote their gospels with. It’s importance is derived from the fact that a lot of the sayings are found in the canonical (accepted) gospels in the bible, although there is a lot that isnt. Another reason why it is so important, or relevant, is because it’s not a narrative gospel like those found in the Bible, it is a collection of sayings. So, if authentic, (and it has been dated back to the early Christian centuries (the copy they found in Nag Hammadi is written in a language called Coptic, and they know that the copy we have was a copy and translation from greek, which most accept was the language that the gospel was originally written in, just like the New Testament Gospels were written in Greek. Continue reading