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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.


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.