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Thomas the Contender, Book of
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The text occupying the final eight pages of NHC 2, the Book of Thomas, is a post-resurrection dialogue between the risen Jesus and his twin brother Jude/Judas (one of Jesus’ four brothers named in Mark 6:3) surnamed Thomas (Aramaic taumā for “twin”). It was ostensibly recorded by a certain Mathaias as he walked with them at a time shortly before Jesus’ ascension into heaven. As the Savior’s “true companion,” Judas Thomas’ already unparalleled ea…

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Turner (†), John D., “Thomas the Contender, Book of”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 06 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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