The infancy Gospel of Thomas : allegory or myth - Gnostic or Ebionite?

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dc.contributor.upauthor Van Aarde, A.G. (Andries G.)
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-05T08:05:19Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-05T08:05:19Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.description.abstract The aim of this article is to show that scholars assess the Infancy Gospel of Thomas disparagingly as "illogical", "un-Christian" and "banal". A more positive judgment is that it is either "Gnostic" or "purified of Gnosticism", or merely one of many ancient tales in the form of a historical allegory about Jesus as a child. The article argues that the author of the Greek version of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas in Codex Sinaiticus (Gr 453) describes the miracles of Jesus in a positive and negative light as if he were an adult. This phenomenon should be understood against the background that this second-century gospel is presented not so much in the genre of a Gnostic redeemer myth, but rather as a god-child myth that has neither an Orthodox nor a Gnostic orientation. Its context is rather early Ebionite Christianity. en
dc.description.uri http://explore.up.ac.za/record=b1525162 en
dc.identifier.citation Van Aarde, AG 2005, 'The infancy Gospel of Thomas : allegory or myth - Gnostic or Ebionite?', Verbum et Ecclesia, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 826-850. [http://www.journals.co.za/ej/ejour_verbum.html] en
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/7772
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en
dc.rights Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en
dc.subject Gospel of Thomas en
dc.subject.lcsh Gnosticism
dc.subject.lcsh Allegory
dc.subject.lcsh Ebionism
dc.subject.lcsh Jesus Christ -- Childhood -- Mythology
dc.subject.lcsh Jesus Christ -- Biography -- Apocryphal and legendary literature
dc.subject.lcsh Apocryphal infancy Gospels
dc.title The infancy Gospel of Thomas : allegory or myth - Gnostic or Ebionite? en
dc.type Article en


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