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The Gospel of Thomas: New Perspectives on Jesus' Message download ebook

by Elaine Pagels

The Gospel of Thomas: New Perspectives on Jesus' Message download ebook
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1591794129
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Elaine Pagels
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Sounds True, Incorporated; Com/Bklt edition (March 2006)
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The Gospel of Thomas book. Millions of readers have turned to Elaine Pagels for her clear and insightful books about the Gnostic Gospels, the teachings of Jesus that have been lost for centuries.

The Gospel of Thomas book.

The Gospel of Thomas (also known as the Coptic Gospel of Thomas) is a non-canonical sayings gospel. It was discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in December 1945 among a group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library. Scholars speculate that the works were buried in response to a letter from Bishop Athanasius declaring a strict canon of Christian scripture.

Elaine Pagels, one of the world’s most important writers and thinkers on religion and history, and winner of the National Book Award for her . The astonishing discovery of the Gospel of Thomas, along with more than fifty other early Christian texts unknown since antiquity, offers startling clues.

Elaine Pagels, one of the world’s most important writers and thinkers on religion and history, and winner of the National Book Award for her groundbreaking work The Gnostic Gospels, now reflects on what matters most about spiritual and religious exploration in the twenty-first century. This bold new book explores how Christianity began by tracing its earliest texts, including the secret Gospel of Thomas, rediscovered in Egypt in 1945.

The Gnostic Gospels: Including the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene (Sacred Texts).

The Gospel of Thomas in multiple translations along with a vast collection of material about the Thomas tradition. Elaine Pagels and Helmut Koester, published online as part of the 1998 PBS Television Frontline series, "From Jesus to Christ"

The Gospel of Thomas in multiple translations along with a vast collection of material about the Thomas tradition. The Thomas Gospel online. This site includes the entire Nag Hammadi Library and a large collection of other primary Gnostic scriptures and documents. Elaine Pagels and Helmut Koester, published online as part of the 1998 PBS Television Frontline series, "From Jesus to Christ". The Gospel of Thomas and the Hermeneutics of Vision by Dr. Lance Owens.

Don Closson explores the Gospel of Thomas, neither a biblical gospel nor .

Don Closson explores the Gospel of Thomas, neither a biblical gospel nor written by the apostle Thomas. A Christian evaluation reveals it is a later document expressing non-biblical ideas inconsistent with the Christianity taught by the apostles. Elaine Pagels of Princeton University argues that there was an early competition between the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Thomas, and that it was mishandled by the early Church Fathers. As noted earlier, Elaine Pagels and the Jesus Seminar are two of the better known sources that defend the authenticity and early date of the Thomas letter.

Also by Elaine Pagels. Note on Translations. Translations from the Gospel of Thomas are by Marvin Meyer and Elaine Pagels, published as an appendix in Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas (New York: Random House, 2003).

Your new book puts forward the hypothesis that the canonical Gospel of John may have been written in response to Thomas' gospel, to. .

Your new book puts forward the hypothesis that the canonical Gospel of John may have been written in response to Thomas' gospel, to refute Thomas. Yes. Many people have pointed out that the two gospels have a lot in common. Yet you say in the book that the very 'heretics' who embraced Thomas' ideas were drawn to the Gospel of John.

Millions of readers have turned to Elaine Pagels for her clear and insightful books about the Gnostic Gospels, the teachings of Jesus that have been lost for centuries. Sounds True is proud to present the first widely available audio recording of this extraordinary scholar as she explores the text that has changed the way many of us think about the message of Christ: The Gospel of Thomas. The stunning archaeological discovery of these lost scriptures of early Christianity in 1945 has revealed exciting new dimensions to the wisdom passed on from Jesus to his disciples. In her analysis of this revived gospel, Dr. Pagels reveals that Thomas was not a doubter of Christ rather, his thoughtful inquiries reflected and brought out the deepest truths that Jesus had to offer. Thomas' account depicts a Jesus who taught us that the Kingdom of Heaven is not a separate realm, but a state of divinity that we all can reach. He is even called the twin of Jesus a metaphor for the possibility that all of us can achieve the same state of divine grace embodied by Jesus. Elaine Pagels has riveted readers and audiences everywhere with her clear and provocative explorations of the testaments of early Christianity. The Gospel of Thomas gives listeners a first opportunity to join her in charting a wider horizon of Christian spirituality.
Reviews:
  • Inabel
Elaine Pagels is a brilliant and wonderful speaker. I bought the CD to listen to as I drive across the Western U.S. It made me realize that the Bible really is a magical book that REFLECTS the reader's heart, not some sacred truth that cannot be discussed. This should be required reading for all good Catholics. Tom Murray in West Texas.
  • Inerrace
Dr. Pagels addresses an audience, discussing her view of the Gospel of Thomas, one of the earliest non-canonical gospels. Thomas is not a story of Jesus, rather it is a collection of sayings atttributed to him. Several are familiar and/or similar to sayings in the canonical gospels, while others are not. Many are a bit puzzling, for even Dr. Pagels. However, they are truly powerful upon reading them, and accompanying the CD is a compilation of Thomas, which really needs to be read prior to listening to the CD. Mark the ones that are puzzling to you and you will find them probably addressed on the CD! She also makes some interesting contrasts between the Gospel of John and Thomas, indicating perhaps an early rivalry in spiritual points of view. There is a concern I have regarding the quality of a portion of the second CD. It is very hard to hear the questions from the audience, and it sounds extremely "tinny" when someone in the audience is speaking. It is rather distracting and not of the quality that other Sounds True recordings are. The previous reviewer must not have listened to all the second CD, so just be aware of this should you purchase. You will love Dr. Pagels' voice and the way she interacts with her audience. Enjoy!
  • Bukelv
Easy to listen to. Very educational. Well spoken and well depicted. Exactly as descibed. Best learning tool. Looking forward to purchasing others.
  • Direbringer
Esoteric.
  • Truthcliff
This is a lecture/ discussion not the book but very enlightening
  • watchman
Splendid commentary on alternative viewpoints during early days of Christianity.
  • Moonworm
I thought Elaine did a very poor job on explaining the profound and deep truth contained in Gospels of Thomas. She as it appears spoke more on John than Thomas. If she had experiential truth of transcending ego personality layer of mind she would have been in a position to appreciate these great teachings of Thomas, but unfortunately she appears to be trapped in conventional ego Christian programming while the teachings are really to transcend oneself as Ego personality and reveal consciousness layer of mind, which is neither Christian or Jewish but simply conscious and one with existence, thus radiates with boundless compassion and love for all beings and engages in compassionate action not for heaven or reward, but it's the very nature of consciousness of be kind, loving, empathetic. It's like the sun being itself and illuminating the world.
Overall I have been greatly disappointed.
Someone else needs to put light on Gospels of Thomas, a true practitioner who had died to his/her ego layer of mind and revealed Consciousness, the state of truth. A universal being, not a Christian or Jewish or Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist.
This audio disc recording The Gospel of St. Thomas was a major disappointment for me. Having just read this Gospel, I was looking for an in depth interpretation of these new sayings of Jesus. That is, before the "church" could edit out the parts that empower the individual and render this "church" unnecessary (as most scholars agree was done to the New Testament).
It's bad enough that it was not made clear that this is a recording of a live lecture (I would never pay good money for a quickly recorded live session) but Ms. Pagels spends about two hours trying to convince us how similar these sayings are to the picture of Jesus presented in the New Testament. There's a reason why the "church" removed this Gospel as well as the other Hidden Gospels as I mentioned above. However, these new sayings of Jesus cannot be taken literally. Actually most of the Bible was never meant to be taken literally. I knew that I needed help reaching the deeper meaning contained within The Gospel of St. Thomas but I made a costly mistake seeking it here.
If you are simply looking to stay within your spiritual comfort zone then this recording will do. But if you want to learn more about what Jesus was really saying, not the least of which is Jesus saying that He didn't do anything that We cannot do. That the Kingdom of Heaven lies within each of us not out there somewhere, as though it was a physical place (even as a 7 year old I knew that made no sense!). Even touching on such contemporary concepts as reincarnation and meditation, then you must search elsewhere. But, then again, the search for knowledge is why we're here in the first place.