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The Gospel of Thomas (New Testament Readings) [Paperback]

By Richard Valantasis (Author)
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This volume offers the first full commentary on the Gospel of Thomas, a work which has previously been accessible only to theologians and scholars. Valantasis provides fresh translations of the Coptic and Greek text, with an illuminating commentary, examining the text line by line. He includes a general introduction outlining the debates of previous scholars and situating the Gospel in its historical and theological contexts.
The Gospel of Thomas provides an insight into a previously inaccessible text and presents Thomas' gospel as an integral part of the canon of Biblical writings, which can inform us further about the literature of the Judeo-Christian tradition and early Christianity.

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Studio: Routledge
Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 27, 1997
Publisher   Routledge
ISBN  0415116228  
ISBN13  9780415116220  

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More About Richard Valantasis

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard Valantasis is the Clifford E. Baldridge Professor of Biblical Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. He is the author of Third Century Spiritual Guides, Gospel of Thomas, Centuries of Holiness, editor of Religions of Late Antiquity in Practice, and co-editor of Asceticism.

Richard Valantasis was born in 1946 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Iliff School of Theology St. Louis University Iliff School of Theology.

Richard Valantasis has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Princeton Readings in Religions (Paperback)

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Excellent review & scholarly  Sep 30, 2004
I know that Routledge has put out some amazing books and it quite suprized me that they would be interesting in publishing a book concerning the gospel of thomas. But nevertheless, this is a very scholarly book. The author does not delve himself into mindless speculation, but rather the hard facts. Those that have read Elaine Pagels' 'Beyond Belief' should rather focus their attention on this book if they wish to read a scholarly book at its finest. Definately worth the price.
Do your homework  Sep 16, 2000
Although not the forum for this, I just had to comment on the reviewer "...not condemming, just voicing God's word.". Ever hear of the Apocryphal Councils? They have been the ones deciding through the ages what is "acceptable" for you to ingest as far as Christianity is concerned. Who knows how many truthful considerations, teachings, and writings they have discarded as heresy in order to appease their agenda of the time. So with respect to your quote, do your homework first before condeming history to the closed-minded viewpoint of the institution that has become the Catholic Church. We should uncover all that is possible as it will only increase our potential for learning the whole truth, and....isn't that what this is about?
Thoughtful and accessible study  May 24, 2000
This book is an excellent book for teachers and scholars as well as for a more general audience. It is a thoughtful and accessible study of this ancient text and can be helpful both inside and outside the classroom. It is also available in a reasonably priced paperback edition.
Thoughtful and accessible study  May 24, 2000
This book is an excellent book for teachers and scholars as well as for a more general audience. It is a thoughtful and accessible study of this ancient text and can be helpful both inside and outside the classroom. It is also available in a reasonably priced paperback edition.
Fresh Air  May 6, 2000
I thought that I would write a true review of this book for readers interested The Gospel of Thomas from a more academic or scholarly perspective. Never does Dr. Valantasis suggest adding the book to the current canon. Rather, he conducts a very thorough and thought provoking exegesis of the text. In addition, he provides an excellent historical basis. Now, the book is subject to criticism from other schools of thought, but I don't think Dr. Valantasis would deny this. He provides an excellent historical de-mythologization of the text. For the curious reader, or the serious scholar, this is an excellent addition to the literature on the Gospel of Thomas.

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