Why isn’t the Gospel of Thomas in the Bible?

Full Question

Is it true that the apostle Thomas wrote a Gospel which was recently discovered in Egypt? If so, why don’t we have it in our Bibles?

Answer

As far as we know, the apostle Thomas never wrote a Gospel. The writing to which you refer is spurious and was composed by a member of a gnostic sect, probably in the late second century, which explains why it’s not in the Bible. It was discovered, along with many other writings, in 1946 near the village of Nag Hammadi in Egypt. Our version comes to us in Coptic, but there seems to have been a Greek original behind it.

The so-called Gospel of Thomas really isn’t a Gospel at all, but a collection of 114 sayings or logia attributed to Jesus. Approximately one-fourth of these sayings are the same as those found in the canonical Gospels. Of the remainder, some are very similar to those in our Gospels, but have been adapted for gnostic purposes. Others are completely gnostic in origin and form.

While the Gospel of Thomas purports to have been written by the apostle, there’s nothing to support this, and there’s a great deal that argues against it. To mention only one example (and this example applies to gnostic writings in general), the milieu is all wrong. The peculiar sayings attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas are, for the most part, light-years away from the kind of thing a Jewish rabbi would have said in the Palestine of A.D. 30. Contrast this with the very Jewish flavor of Jesus’ words found in the canonical Gospels.

For this reason alone, we’re forced to conclude that the Gospel of Thomas doesn’t compare with the canonical Gospels when it comes to telling us what Jesus really taught.













3 comments

  1. Rhinehardt Carsjens Reply

    Lets remember the church isnt run by a pope . Christ is the head not a man. Peter never appointed another to carry on. And only Christ is our rock.

  2. Aidan Reply

    It was brought to my notice when I visited kerela in India which is the final resting place of st Thomas that’s he did in fact write a gospel.these sacred texts were being passed down generation after generation in a christian sect that had no connection to Rome.during the 17th and 18 the century, the Portuguese military of Goa were waging a war with the king of calicut. And during that time they came in contact with this sect. But sadly due to the sects refusal to surrender as well as due to the inquisition at that time..these documents were all burnt and the people killed and whoever surrendered were immediately converted to the roman rite.

    1. Aidan Reply

      It was brought to my notice when I visited kerela in India which is the final resting place of st Thomas that’s he did in fact write a gospel.these sacred texts were being passed down generation after generation in a christian sect that had no connection to Rome.during the 17th and 18 the century, the Portuguese military of Goa were waging a war with the king of calicut. And during that time they came in contact with this sect. But sadly due to the sects refusal to surrender as well as due to the inquisition at that time..these documents were all burnt as the Latins beloved it to be a pagan version and impure one. Infact some of them belived it to be devil worship.thus the people were killed and whoever surrendered were immediately converted to the roman rite.

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