may well be the best yet written on the theology of Thomas…” “… nobody has done it better than he has.”
John Dominic Crossan, author of The Historical Jesus and The Birth of Christianity“The most original, challenging, and persuasive book about the Gospel of Thomas that I have ever seen.”
Morton Smith, author of Jesus the Magician and The Secret Gospel
“The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom… first raised my interest in this debated writing.”
Discovered in Egypt in 1945 as part of the Nag Hammadi Library, the Gospel of Thomas was long considered irrelevant to the study of Jesus’ teachings. Stevan Davies’ influential The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom overturned this view, and enabled the Gospel of Thomas to be taken seriously as a source for the earliest Christianity. This Bardic Press edition brings a classic work of accessible scholarshp back into print. A entirely new forty page introduction discusses recent developments in scholarship, looks at Thomas’ independence from the New Testament gospels, discusses the role of Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of Thomas, and offers a variety of valuable insights. A fascinating additional essay speculates that Thomas may have been used as an oracle text in a similar way to the I Ching.