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June 4, 2015

Gathercole’s Commentary on the Gospel of Thomas

I’ve just finished a review of Simon Gathercole’s commentary on the Gospel of Thomas (for Journal of Ecclesiastical History), and it’s an impressive piece of work:  The Gospel of Thomas.  Introduction and Commentary.  Texts and Editions for New Testament Study, 11. Leiden/Boston:  Brill, 2015.  At well over 700 pages, it’s weighty, but in contents as […]

August 5, 2014

The Gospel of Thomas: A New Commentary

A new introduction and commentary on the Gospel of Thomas was published earlier this year:  Simon J. Gathercole, The Gospel of Thomas:  Introduction and Commentary (Leiden:  Brill, 2014).  Such detailed studies of the many fascinating extra-canonical texts of early Christianity are so few that it is a cause for celebration whenever one appears.  And in […]

October 22, 2012

Goodacre on the Gospel of Thomas and the Synoptics

Back in March this year I mentioned that I’d read the proofs of Mark Goodacre’s (then-forthcoming) book, Thomas and the Gospels:  The Case for Thomas’s Familiarity with the Synoptics (Eerdmans).  It has now appeared and I’m pleased to point readers to it.  For my comments on the book, my earlier posting is here.

August 23, 2012

Early Manuscripts of the Gospel of Thomas

In writing a commissioned essay on “Who Read Early Christian Apocrypha?” for a multi-author volume, I drew upon an earlier study I made a few years ago:  “The Greek Fragments of the Gospel of Thomas as Artefacts:  Papyrological Observations on Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1, Papyrus Oxrhynchus 654 and Papyrus Oxrhynchus 655,” published in Das Thomasevangelium:  Enstehung–Rezeption–Theologie, […]

March 21, 2012

Gospel of Thomas and the Synoptic Gospels

I’ve just previewed a forthcoming book that mounts an impressive case for the view that The Gospel of Thomas reflects acquaintance with (and reaction to) the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke): Mark Goodacre, Thomas and the Gospels: The Case for Thomas’s Familiarity with the Synoptics (Eerdmans, forthcoming 2012). Goodacre is known in NT circles, especially […]

June 19, 2019

The Jewish Jesus of the NT Gospels

Among the comments responding to my posting about the depiction of the infant Jesus in Christian art, a couple of them prompt me to respond in another post. One comment points to the way that visual representations of Jesus in art (and the movies too) in the West often give a blue-eyed, blond/light-haired, fair-skinned figure.  […]

May 10, 2018

Gospels and Names

My posting about “anonymous gospels” certainly has elicited interest.  I’ll try here to emphasize some points and hopefully clarify some matters. First, the main observation in my previous posting was that none of the authors (and they were authors) of the NT Gospels included his name in his text.  This immediately contrasts, of course, with […]

May 8, 2018

Anonymous Gospels

Although early in their circulation the NT Gospels were ascribed to the familiar four figures (probably sometime early 2nd century), they actually originated as anonymous, which deserves more notice than scholars have typically given to the matter.  Noting that many OT books and several NT books are anonymous, David Aune judged this “a striking literary […]

April 10, 2017

Early Christian Gospels: A New Study

Scott D. Charlesworth’s major study will deserve notice by anyone working on the text and transmission of the Gospels in the earliest centuries: Early Christian Gospels: Their Production and Transmission (Papyrologica Florentina, 47; Firenze: Edizioni Gonnelli, 2016). This is a wide-ranging work (developed from his PhD thesis), “thick” with data and analysis, and it would […]

February 7, 2017

Apocryphal Gospels: New Book

Markus Bockmuehl’s new book, Ancient Apocryphal Gospels (Westminster John Knox Press, 2017), is a very good introduction to the subject.   The publisher’s online catalogue entry is here. After an introductory chapter setting out the scope, intention and approach taken in the book, Bockmuehl then has chapters on “Infancy Gospels” (Infancy Gospel of James, Infancy Gospel […]