The Gospel Of Thomas As A Wise Man

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The Gospel of Thomas In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus is described as a wise man, that believed in the kingdom of his Father, the power of peace, and that everyone who followed his teachings would be allowed into the kingdom. Although the Gospel of Thomas has a lot of similarities with other gospels it does leave out various points that were important to early Christianity. Christianity is the religion about Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. However in the Gospel of Thomas neither of the crucifixion or resurrection are directly talked about. Thomas does talk about death in some of the sayings, but never specifically about Jesus’s crucifixion or resurrection. For example in line 65, “He said, ‘There was a good man who owned a vineyard. He leased it to tenant farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the produce from them. He sent his servant so that the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard. They seized his servant and beat him, all but killing him. The servant went back and told his master. The master said, “Perhaps did not recognize .” He sent another servant. The tenants beat this one as well. Then the owner sent his son and said, “Perhaps they will show respect to my son.” Because the tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they seized him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear”’(Gospel of Thomas). This could very well be referring to Jesus’s live and tragic end. Thomas also mentions Jesus saying, “I whom am the light which is above them all” (77), but fails to mention how he came to be the light of them all, which is what his resurrection serve the purpose for. By only writing sayings and not really tying anything together to paint a clear picture of god as the Messiah ... ... middle of paper ... ...to enter his Father’s kingdom. In general, Thomas’s way of explaining Jesus’s legacy and contradictions about important facts about Jesus’s life and early Christianity are probably the causes why his gospels were not included in the canonical gospels. First of all, the Gospels do not narrate the life or resurrection of Jesus. They are more like quotes from which one is supposed to learn from. Another thing that is unique about the Gospel of Thomas is that although many of the sayings are like those in other Gospels, a few times some of the sayings by Jesus contradict monotheism, the Torah, and ethical monotheism which were all essential to early Christianity. An addition, the Gospel of Thomas may have been excluded from the canon ones is due to a significant number of odd or in other words strange sayings that simply seem to be out of context when describing Jesus.

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