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Acts of Thomas
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A noncanonical work, dating to the late second or early third century ad, pseudonymously attributed to the Apostle Thomas (called Judas Thomas). It purports to describe his activity in India following the Jerusalem Council. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period, and is the only one of the apocryphal acts to survive in its entirety.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Acts of Thomas
Acts of Thomas A noncanonical work, dating to the late second or early third century ad, pseudonymously attributed to the Apostle Thomas (called Judas Thomas). It purports to describe his activity in India following the Jerusalem Council. This work was never widely authoritative in the early church period,
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Thomas, Acts of
THOMAS, ACTS OF. Pseudepigraphic text which relates the adventures of the apostle Judas Thomas as he preaches an ascetical or encratite form of Christianity on the way to and from India. Like other apocryphal acts combining popular legend and religious propaganda, the work attempts to entertain and instruct.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Thomas, Acts Of
Thomas, Acts ofThe only one of the apocryphal acts to survive in its entirety. The Acts of Thomas relates the evangelical work of the apostle during his journey to India. As with most of other acts, the apostle is depicted as working numerous miracles, including casting out demons and reviving the dead.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Thomas, Acts of (Writing)
Thomas, Acts of. †An extensive apocryphal writing from the third century A.D. deriving from Syrian Christianity and composed, most probably, in Syriac. Complete texts have survived in Syriac and Greek and portions in Ethiopic, Latin, and Armenian. The work follows the ministry of the apostle Thomas
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Thomas, Acts of
Thomas, Acts of (Περίοδοι Θωμᾶ). An apocryphal book of great length which recounts in 13 ‘Acts’ the missionary activities of the Apostle Thomas (‘Judas Thomas’). It tells how Gundaphorus, one of the kings of India, wishing for a magnificent palace, sent his merchant Abbanes to Syria to obtain a skilled
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Thomas, Acts of (Writing)
Thomas, Acts of. The latest of the five major apocryphal Acts, and the only one that has survived complete; it is extant in Greek and Syriac, with portions also in other languages. It is generally agreed that the Greek text is a translation from an original Syriac, but some scholars have held that it
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
THOMAS, ACTS OF
THOMAS, ACTS OF tom´uhs. The early Christian novel known as the Acts of Thomas purports to tell the story of the travels of the apostle Thomas in the “land of the Indians,” whence he journeyed to preach the gospel. The work is a product of Christianity, in several ways close to the Semitic roots of early