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The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated & Explained (Skylight Illuminations,) [Paperback]

By Stevan L. Davies, Andrew Harvey (Foreward By) & Stevan L. Davies (Translator)
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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.64" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   Skylight Paths Publishing
ISBN  1893361454  
EAN  9781893361454  

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Sheds light on the origins of Christianity, presenting Jesus as a wisdom-loving sage whose aphoristic sayings portray the kingdom of God as a present fact about the world, rather than a future promise or future threat. Original.

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The Gospel of Thomas sheds new light on the origins of Christianity and portrays Jesus as a wisdom-loving sage. This collection of aphoristic sayings portrays the kingdom of God as a present fact about the world, rather than a future promise or future threat.

Through facing-page commentary this edition focuses on the meaning of the sayings as those teachings were preserved by an ancient source outside of the canonical New Testament, and brings to life the challenging and intriguing figure of Jesus in a new light. Now readers can approach this important spiritual text with no previous background knowledge in Christian history or thought.

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Mildly Ripped Off  Jul 7, 2008
This book is a rip-off. The actual Gospel of Thomas could have fit into a 10 page manuscript, but was instead chopped into little sentences in order for this publisher to rake in the dough. The gospel itself is interesting but the commentary is only sparsely enlightening. It helps to have some context for a few of the more esoteric of Jesus' sayings. But the author's notes are often overly simplistic, and their tone is pedantic. I felt talked down to as an informed reader. Don't waster your $17. Find the gospels online and let them do the talking.
idiosyncratic interpretations  Apr 19, 2008
I confess I was somewhat disappointed in this book. At times, I struggled to get through it. I mean I considered putting it down and not wasting any more time on it. I did finish the book, and I did get some things out of it. There are perspectives presented that are new to me, things I'll check out and consider. I'll give it three stars for that.

Overall, though, I didn't enjoy it so much. I like the Gospel of Thomas. I simply felt that Davies' interpretations were often idiosyncratic and more likely his private interpretations than what the author sought to communicate or what you need to know to find immortality.

A couple of major disagreements I have with his commentary... First, I think he goes overboard in criticizing the other disciples besides Thomas, as well as everything canonical, orthodox, or even gnostic, that doesn't agree with his own notion of "Thomasian" Christianity. At one point, he actually calls the other disciples Jesus' enemies.

Second, he's really into the "salvation by works" theory. He rejects the notion of salvation by grace. His idea of "works" is not things like fasting and giving alms, but the study and interpretation of these sayings. He seems to have this theory that if you can crack the meaning of these sayings, you'll gain immortality. Wow.

Me, I kind of figure that both eternal life and the wisdom to understand the sayings of this gospel come by way of grace.

I've read the Gospel of Thomas more than a few times. I seem to be making some progress in understanding some of its sayings. Well, I like to think so. My interpretations often differ with the ones presented in this book.

I guess I benefit from exposure to the views of someone else. Even if I never come to accept his views exactly, I may gain something from his sharing of perspectives. That's good. I just don't think a newcomer to the Gospel of Thomas should be excessively swayed by the notion that this author's interpretation is the only one worth considering. I guess I'm glad I puzzled over the sayings by myself for awhile before reading a book like this.
Excellent information  Jan 16, 2008
There is information regarding the life and times of Jesus not in the conical christian bible, this is one of them and a must read for anyone seekig further information.
Not such a great interpretation of a Great Gospel  Aug 6, 2007
A great collection of sayngs from presumably during the time of Jesus. Its heartening to know after reading this and the Gospel of Mary and Judas that there was a greater truth revealed by Jesus than what the Church wants us to believe!!

Stevan L. Davies has done a wonderful job in trying to be very objective in his interpretation of the Gospel of St. Thomas and therefore this book lacks the spiritual intensity required in interpreting such great texts especially when I compare it to the Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Jean-Yves Leloup. I found many interpretations lacking depth and were purely literal translations. For example Saying 56 and 80 can be interpreted to mean that whoever has realized God would find that the material world is but just a corpse and not worthy of him. There are many others such as this.

The forward by Andrew Harvey is, as some others have commented, bombastic and clearly off mark from the central theme of the Gospel.
A great Gospel and highly recommended for the spiritually inclined and critically minded!!
The Most Sacred Understanding of the Historical Jesus Ever Written  May 22, 2007
This is the second book review I have done. Each relate to the profound text that is "The Gospel of Thomas." Stevan Davies is a Master at explaining "The Gospel of Thomas." He has spent over 20 years in study of the Master! I have much respect for other texts that are said to revere "The Gospel of Thomas." However, none are in comparison to the work Stevan Davies has done! I admit that I love all the commentary books on the gospel and each are special in their own way! Marvin Meyer is great on historical research and others on a universal application of Jesus' teachings and how they apply to other religions! But Stevan Davies
truly brings his gospel to life! He is a true believer just like me! All we have to do is recognize what is already before us. This is the hope that just might save the world! As a "Thomas Christian" I would make this required reading for all who seek a true spirituality. This text is more than just a Bible for "Thomas Christians" it is the very sacred source of eternal Life!

The Gospel of Thomas that is translated and annotated by Stevan Davies in the Shambhala Library is the same text but different editions of the same book.

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