Analysis Of The Gospel Of Thomas

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The Gospel of Thomas is considered to be a non-canonical collection of sayings of Jesus that reportedly have been dictated to the apostle Thomas. Some of the statements within the Gnostic Scriptures are extremely bizarre and could not have possibly been said by Jesus of Nazareth. In contrast, some of the statements parallel with parables or statements that are present in the New Testament of the bible. While not all are included, some statements that readers can conclude came from the Jesus of Nazareth are described and their parallel to the New Testament is explored. One statement that is believed to have been said by Jesus of Nazareth, according to the gospel of Thomas, was of the parable of an intelligent fisherman. In this parable, Jesus…show more content…
According to the Gospel of Thomas, the disciples first asked Jesus what the kingdom of heavens represented. In response, Jesus said that the kingdom represented a grain of mustard seed, as it is smaller than all other seeds, but it puts forth an enormous foliage and provides shade for the birds of heaven (Thomas 36:26-29). In similar fashion, the parable of the mustard seed in Matthew states how the mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds, representative of a small beginning. But it also grows to be something larger; a great ending (Matthew 13:31-32). Again we can see a parallel in Mark, as Jesus asks a rhetorical question of what does the kingdom represent? He then says how the mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds, but becomes the greatest of all shrubs providing the most shade (Mark 4:30-32). Lastly, the New Testament makes reference to the parable of the mustard seed in the book of Luke. Although this account is much briefer, only really allowing for the conclusion that a mustard seed will grow into something remarkable (Luke 13:18-19). While the language of each gospel differs, they each allow for readers to believe that even the smallest of seeds, can grow into something much greater than what it was in the beginning. It can be believed that the Jesus of Nazareth told this because it is mentioned in not only two, but…show more content…
Furthermore, Jesus says that those who do not hate their mothers and fathers cannot be disciples of him (Thomas 42:25-27). Likewise, in Luke, Jesus says that whomever comes to him and does not hate their family and life itself cannot be a disciple of his (Luke 14:26). In similar fashion, the gospel of Matthew recalls that Jesus said whoever loves their father, mother, son or daughter more than him is not worthy of him (Matthew 10:37). As discussed before, the language of each gospel is vastly different. While this is true, the message of each has the same point, Jesus wants to be the most loved by his disciples, even if that means that his followers hate their own families and lives. Again, it can be concluded that Jesus of Nazareth made this statement, as he felt his followers should love him most and have unwavering faith in him. If they did this, then they one could be granted access into the

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