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Utrecht and the conversion of Germany. Liudger and the gospel of Thomas

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The Gospel of Thomas reverberates in all of the numerous versions of the Diatessaron. That is why that lost harmony of gospels which Liudger owned, the Codex Liudgerianus, is of exceptional importance. The Gospel of Thomas is a book containing 114 sayings attributed to Jesus. This chapter highlights the importance of making a reasonable case for Liudger's purchase of a Latin Diatessaron when he was in Italy. The abbey at Werden was one of the foremost abbeys of Germany and remained so until 1803, when it fell victim to the Enlightenment and the anti-Papal secularization engulfing Prussia. In the persons of Liudger and the Liudgerides, the Utrecht school has made a decisive contribution to the Christianization of northern Germany and so to the rise of a Catholic Western Europe, which continued to exist for almost a thousand years.

Keywords: Codex Liudgerianus; Diatessaron; Germany; Gospel of Thomas; Jesus; Liudger; Utrecht

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