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Wow. I received more notices about donations to our church in memory of W. One from each of the partners at our clinic (they are the BEST), and one from the middle school where W used to go, and A goes now. People continue to be incredibly kind.

I finished reading The Gospel of Thomas today. It is an unusual (to my mind) collection of sayings that are attributed to Jesus. A lot of them are very close to passages from the synoptic gospels, but some of them are very odd and quite hard to understand. There are several expansions on the philosphy that one is supposed to "hate" one's father and mother. Also, the gospel has a lot to say about Jesus' followers being the "children of light." Somehow, I think that this is supposed to be some sort of metaphor, but I really don't get it.

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gurdonark
Jul. 30th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC)
I think the Gospel of Thomas is beautiful.

The children of light reference ties into an older mythology. The so-called 'Manichaen heresy' is an interesting thing to read about to get some insight via a latter, and somewhat different topic.
a1an
Jul. 30th, 2004 11:36 pm (UTC)
consensus of scholars I have read attribute only a few of these sayings to Christ...

the term "hate one's parents," as I understand it, is a semitic hyperbole...we arent really supposed to hate mother or father or family member, but Jesus just uses this word to emphasize the love we are supposed to have for God...

i am not sure if "children of light" is used in the very Palestinian-Jewish community at Qumran (i.e., the Dead Sea Scrolls), but I do know that the terms "sons of righteousness" and "sons of unrighteousness" are...so these types of phrases and ideas, which we also find in John's Gospel, were quite Jewish in usage...
~Alan
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a1an
Aug. 7th, 2004 02:34 am (UTC)
hmmm...i have enjoyed reading your posts about your vacation and your handicrafts, but I have wondered why you haven't added me to your friend's list... :-)
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a1an
Aug. 7th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
I think I saw a train layout in one of your photos. I love trains. :-)
a1an
Jul. 31st, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
Oooops...I did not mean to imply that the terms "children of the light" as used in the "gospel" of Thomas can be attributed to Jesus--just that these types of terms were used by the Jews and therefore not necessarily non-Jewish in origin or form...

in the Gospel (and epistles) of John we see stark contrasts between light/dark, truth/error, and other such pairings...so that just because someone uses this type of language, that this does not mean that they were not of a Palestinian origin...as certainly the writings of John in the NT are.
~Alan
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