Thomas: The Other Gospel   -     By: Nicholas Perrin
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Westminster John Knox Press / 2007 / Paperback

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Thomas: The Other Gospel is a book to answer many questions, silence some speculations about the Church, and to trace the history of an ancient document. Perrin makes available a high level of biblical scholarship to the general public. Why was not the Gospel of Thomas included in the Christian canon? What does the book reveal about early Christianity? What can the book say to us now in the twenty-first century? Perrin addresses these heated questions with wit and scholarship that is unparalleled.

Nicholas Perrin is Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School, Illinois, and the author of Thomas and Tatian: The Relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and the Diatessaron and coeditor, with Mark Goodacre, of Questioning Q.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 0664232116
ISBN-13: 9780664232115
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Since its discovery in the mid-1940s, the Gospel of Thomas has aroused the interest of scholars and general readers alike. Thomas, the Other Gospel provides a clear, comprehensive, nontechnical guide through the scholarly maze of issues surrounding the Coptic text. Nicholas Perrin argues that the Gospel derives not from the era of Jesus or even the apostles but from the late second century CE. Further, contrary to what many scholars believe, he maintains that the Gospel was originally written in Syriac rather than in Greek, and he concludes that the real value of the Gospel of Thomas lies not in what it might be thought to say about the "real Jesus" but in what it tells us about early Christianity.

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Nicholas Perrin is Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. He is the author of Thomas and Tatian: The Relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and the Diatessaron and coeditor of Questioning Q.

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