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Book of Thomas the Contender
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A noncanonical, likely gnostic work found in the Nag Hammadi collection. Depicts a supposed conversation between Jesus and his brother Thomas regarding secret knowledge and the “evils” of depending on physical existence. The work pseudonymously attributes its account to Mathaias. This work was never widely authorative in the early church period.
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Thomas the Contender, Book of
Thomas the Contender, Book of A noncanonical, likely gnostic work found in the Nag Hammadi collection. Depicts a supposed conversation between Jesus and his brother Thomas regarding secret knowledge and the “evils” of depending on physical existence. The work pseudonymously attributes its account to
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Thomas the Contender, Book of
THOMAS THE CONTENDER, BOOK OF (NHC II, 7). The seventh and last treatise in Codex II of the Coptic Gnostic Library from Nag Hammadi. It is a revelation dialogue between the resurrected Jesus and his twin brother Judas Thomas, ostensibly recorded by Mathaias (the apostle Matthew?) at a time just before
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Thomas, Book of
Thomas, Book of. One of the Coptic documents discovered at *Nag Hammadi in 1945–6, sometimes known from its subscript title as the ‘Book of Thomas the Contender’ (a designation not apparently given elsewhere to St *Thomas). It professes to contain the ‘secret words’ spoken by Jesus to Judas Thomas and
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
Thomas the Contender, Book of (Writing)
Thomas the Contender, Book of. A Gnostic treatise preserved in Coptic in the Nag Hammadi Library (NHC II, 7). This document purports to give “the secret words that the Savior spoke to Judas Thomas which I, Mathaias [Matthew?], wrote down.” It begins with a dialogue between the risen Jesus and Thomas