The Gospel of Thomas

Gospel of Thomas

Logoi 3) “If you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”

Logoi 29) “I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”

Logoi 70) “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”

Logoi 77) “It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the All. From Me did the All come forth, and unto Me did the All extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find Me there.”

and my favorite with a twist of zen,

Logoi 89) “Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the outside?”

The Gospel of Thomas is a collection of 114 traditional Sayings (logoi) of Jesus. It is attributed to Didymos Judas Thomas, the “Doubting Thomas” of the canonical Gospels, and according to many early traditions, the twin brother of Jesus (“didymos” means “twin” in Greek). We have two versions of the Gospel of Thomas today. The first was discovered in the late 1800’s among the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and consists of fragments of a Greek version, which has been dated to c. 200. The second is a complete version, in Coptic, from Codex II of the Nag Hammadi finds. Thomas was probably first written in Greek (or possibly even Syriac or Aramaic) sometime between the mid 1st and 2nd centuries. Read the Gospel of Thomas and additional commentary at –

The Lost Gospel of Thomas: The Original Mystical Teachings of Yeshua


Ted Nottingham Ted Nottingham Published on Nov 5, 2013

Ted Nottingham offers a special presentation on key passages of the Gospel of Thomas, considered to be older than the four Gospels and source material for them. In these sayings of Jesus, lost to the world for two thousand years, we find a depth of wisdom and spiritual knowledge (gnosis) that is utterly transformational to those who would meditate on them and apply them to the moments of their lives. Answers to Questions on the Gospel of Thomas and Mystical Christianity (Q$A from above lecture)

2 thoughts on “The Gospel of Thomas

  1. Love this post. There is a great book by Martin Palmer called “The Jesus Sutras”, relevant as it discussed how politics/government rule shaped the Church of the West (our modern Western religions) that made its way through a tribal Europe, while the Church of the East, a purer philosophy of the time (The Gospel of Thomas), went East through Persia, India and China (places with the highest standard of living at the time) and was kept ‘pure’ as there was no reason to use it as a ‘religious tool.’

    • Oh and how they have exploited it as a religious tool. Thank you for sharing this, it would certainly explain the the similarities found within the different religions. Will have to put that on my to read list.

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