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Some remarks on the gospel of Thomas

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The importance of the Gospel of Thomas lies in the fact that it contains an independent and very old Gospel tradition. When the author says independent, he means that some sayings of the Gospel of Thomas were not taken from our canonical Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, but were borrowed from another source. This is the main theme which he discusses in this chapter. With this in view, he quotes one of the most important sayings of the new collection: the parable of the Sower. The Gospel of Thomas brings us into touch with the origins of two important movements within Christianity: Gnosticism and Gospel-writing. The syncretistic sayings of this collection are quoted or alluded to in the Acts of Thomas and other apocryphal acts of the apostles.

Keywords: canonical Gospels; Gnosticism; Gospel of Thomas; Gospel-writing; parable of the Sower; syncretistic sayings



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