The Gospel according to Thomas (TGATT)
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Helmut Koester

1. The Gospel According to Thomas (GTh), sayings of Jesus ostensibly collected by Didymus Judas Thomas, was written in Syria in the early post-apostolic period. Influence of Gnostic theology is present, though not that of any particular sect. The work is preserved in one complete Coptic version translated from the Greek and in fragments of three different Greek manuscripts (for the Greek fragments see below, pp. 95-128). The language of composition was Greek.

2. Genre. The GTh represents the genre called the sayings collection. The word “gospel”…

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“The Gospel according to Thomas (TGATT)”, in: The Coptic Gnostic Library — A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Editor in Chief: James M. Robinson. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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