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Thomas and the Gospels

The Making of an Apocryphal Text

Author(s): Mark Goodacre

ISBN13: 9780281067763

ISBN10: 0281067767

Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian

Extent: 224 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 23.2 x 15.4 x 2 cm

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  • Mark Goodacre makes a detailed and compelling case that the author of The Gospel of Thomasis, after all, familiar with the Synoptic Gospels. He shows that the arguments for independence are inadequate and that the degree of agreement between Thomas and the Synoptics is far too great to be mediated by oral tradition.


    He suggests that Thomas features tell-tale signs of Matthew’s and Luke’s redactions and that the Gospel should be dated to the early to middle second century, when its author was looking for a means of lending the voice of his enigmatic Jesus an authoritative, Synopic-sounding legitimacy.

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    This meticulous, adroit, and closely reasoned work will immediately become the definitive presentation of the case that the author of Thomas was familiar with the Synoptics. Those who take the contrary position truly have their work cut out for them.


     - Dale C. Allison Jr, Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


    Goodacre offers a bold and distinctive approach to the ongoing debate about the nature of the relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and the Synoptic Gospels. Rightly rejecting the tendency to label and thereby dismiss opposing views as either "liberal" or "conservative; he focuses instead on the textual evidence on which any responsible historical conclusion must be reached.


     - Andrew Gregory, Chaplain and Fellow of University College, Oxford


    With firm and vigorous (but never shrill) argumentation, incisive critique, and full and clear-headed handling of the data, Mark Goodacre mounts a cogent - and, I’d say, persuasive - case that the Gospel of Thomas reflects acquaintance with the Synoptic Gospels. This is not a rehash of earlier arguments but a creative treatment that introduces new analysis of this important early Christian text.


     - Larry W. Hurtado, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology, University of Edinburgh


    A truly significant treatment of the Gospel of Thomas. Goodacres work is careful, detailed, and wise in its conclusions ... Anyone who cares about the Gospel of Thomas at all cannot afford to neglect this book.


     - Klyne Snodgrass, Professor of New Testament Studies, North. Park Theological Seminary


Thomas and the Gospels