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Thomas at the Crossroads: Essays on the Gospel of Thomas


T&T Clark 1998

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The Gospel of Thomas is one of the most debated early Christian writings. Discovered as a Coptic translation in the Nag Hammadi Library, its date, message and relation to the canonical gospels have been the subject of much divisive argument. This volume offers new perspectives on the gospel and demonstrates the various ways in which it sheds light on the ideological and social history of early Christianity.

Expert scholars go to the heart of current issues in Thomasine studies, such as the role of oral and written traditions in the composition of the gospel, Thomas' relationship with the Gospel of John and with Gnostic and ascetic tendencies in early Christianity, the gospel's attitude to women followers of Jesus and to Jewish ritual practices.

Praise for the Print Edition

This impressive collection of essays covers key areas of current study of Thomas… thoughly researched and cogently argued. The book will provide an invaluable for all future work on this fascinating text for beginners and advanced researchers alike.

Christopher Tuckett

A substantial contribution to the scholarly study of the Gospel of Thomas, Thomas at the Crossroads offers innovative perspectives on some of the most controversial questions in Thomas studies today. These studies yield fruitful insights into the relation of the Gospel of Thomas to other early Christian gospel literature, to ‘Gnosticism,’ encratism and Judaism… The authors lead readers to an enriched understanding of early Christian thought and practice. Required reading for anyone interested in the meaning of this fascinating work and its place in the history of ancient Christianity.

Christopher Tuckett

Product Details

  • Title: Thomas at the Crossroads: Essays on the Gospel of Thomas
  • Editor: Risto Uro
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 256

About Risto Uro

Risto Uro is Lecturer in New Testament, University of Helsinki.

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