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Thomas, Gospel of
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Few early Christian texts have received the attention afforded the Gospel of Thomas over the past 75 years. The Gospel of Thomas has achieved such a level of importance in scholarly circles that some have even referred to it as “the fifth gospel,” though it is critical to note that it is not a gospel in the traditional sense of the term. Rather, it consists of 114 independent sayings, most of which are attributed to Jesus and over half …

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Skinner, Christopher W., “Thomas, Gospel 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 25 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00003456>
First published online: 2018



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