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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 […]

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 […]

June 9, 2015

A “Thomas Movement”?

In my previous posting (here) about Simon Gathercole’s new and valuable introduction + commentary on the Gospel of Thomas, I mentioned one or two reservations, in that posting his omission of any reference to the possible technical meaning of “the tree” in Logion 30 (of the Greek text).  The other matter I now mention is […]

February 5, 2014

“Originals” for NT Gospels??

In reading for review the recent (mammoth) multi-author volume, The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research:  Essays on the Status Quaestionis, Second Edition, eds. B. D. Ehrman & M. W. Holmes (Leiden:  Brill, 2013), one of the things that caught my attention was in Michael Holmes’ contribution, “From ‘Original Text’ to ‘Initial Text’” (pp. […]

February 22, 2013

Why did the Gospel of Mark Survive?

One of the many curiosities in the study of the NT and earliest Christianity is the early history and fortunes of the Gospel of Mark (hereafter, GMark).  On the one hand (assuming the dominant view of Mark’s priority), the GMark appears to have been very influential.  It is widely thought that the authors of the […]

November 30, 2015

“Jewish” and “Hellenistic” in Recent Scholarship on Christian Origins

In some recent studies of early expressions of Jesus-devotion, there are some issues that need clarification.  One of these recent studies is Iesus Deus:  The Early Christian Depiction of Jesus as a Mediterranean God, by M. David Litwa (Fortress Press, 2014). I must begin by acknowledging the learning displayed and, most often, the carefully crafted analysis and […]