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Named Testimonia to Thomas

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The number of references to Thomas in late antiquity and beyond indicates just how persistent curiosity or concern about works such as Thomas was. Testimonia explicitly mentioning Thomas are merely listed here; the individual passages have been discussed at greater length elsewhere. Those who composed what is entitled the Gospel according to the Egyptians, and that entitled the Gospel of the Twelve, they 'set their hands to it'. Basilides had already ventured to write the Gospel according to Basilides. Of the New Testament, there are only four Gospels. The others are falsely attributed and harmful. The Manichees wrote the 'Gospel according to Thomas', which is dabbed on the surface with the fragrance of the title 'Gospel', but which destroys the souls of simpler folk.

Keywords: Egyptians; Gospel; Manichees; Testimonia; Thomas

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