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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.
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
|Publication Date: 2007|
The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of AgeStephen J. PattersonBloomsbury Academic / 1998 / Trade Paperback$29.70
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.
David deSilvaAshland, OHAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A first-rate introduction to the "Gospel of Thomas"July 13, 2017David deSilvaAshland, OHAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Perrin's book falls into two halves: main currents in scholarship on the "Gospel of Thomas" as represented in the work of three prominent scholars; Perrin's own assessment of the "Gospel of Thomas" and its value for the study of early Christianity. This is a brief but thorough introduction to the debate; I personally appreciate Perrin's own conservative conclusions concerning the origins of this text (late 2nd century) and its real value (a window into a particular stream of the early church and not into the "Jesus of history," in contrast to more sensationalist writers). The chapter on the Jesus presented in Gospel of Thomas is alone worth the (bargain) price of this book and a good treatment of the "other Jesus" in fringe circles of the early church.
koolkatAge: 55-65Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5Deceptive titleOctober 12, 2015koolkatAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1This book does not have the writtings from the gospel of Thomas.
Much speculation on everything else.
The only concrete info is where it was found and by whom,
other than that its good for kindling a fire.
ROY MLOS ANGELES Ca.Age: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5THOMAS: THE OTHER GOSPELMay 29, 2015ROY MLOS ANGELES Ca.Age: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5GOOD READING