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Makarius und das thomasevangelium

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Allusions to the Gospel of Thomas are found on many pages of the writings of Macarius. In addition, A. Baker has found relationships to Liber Graduum. It seems to me probable that the author of this writings has known the Gospel of Thomas. This means that the Gospel of Thomas was a type of Holy Scripture of the Messalians. And this book has come to them through the mediation of the tradition in his hands, it must be from 140-400 in Edessa and otherwise have been in the region of Syrians who appreciated the Gospel of Thomas. The Gospel of Thomas stands in the middle between the Alexandrian encratism and Macarius. With that, it has not been found in Macarius: it also contains certain views, which can be found in Macarius, but absent in the Greek sources of encratism. The original text of the chapter is in German.

Keywords: Alexandrian encratism; Gospel of Thomas; Greek sources of encratism; Messalians; writings of Macarius

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