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"Sometimes the answer's four and sometimes it's twenty-two." (Nick)
(Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man, 1934)

The Gospel of Thomas Resource Center

This is a resource center for independent research related to the Gospel of Thomas.
Featuring the Internet's first complete Coptic/English translation and Concordance.



"There is a substantial and growing body of evidence that Gos. Thom. is not what it appears to be."
... M.W. Grondin, Sep, 2019

The Hidden Structure of the Coptic Prologue (11-10-9-3-9-10-11)

(A letter-count-based chiastic structure of a complexity presumably rare when unintended)

Coptic ms. counts showing precision design and careful inscription
105 occurrences of the nomina sacra IC/IHC
210 (Greek numeric value of 'IC')
1050 (Greek numeric value of 'Thomas')
500 occurrences of Copto-Greek words and names
2400 letters in those occurrences
16800 letters in main body of text sans prologue (=80*210, 7*2400)
(Proof that the Coptic text of Thomas is NOT the product of ineptitude!)

The Inconvenient Truth about the Gospel of Thomas (210917)
.... (A one-page overview of the puzzle-text theory and the evidence behind it)
.... Academia discussion session underway here

Why the Gospel of Thomas Had To Be Imperfect: A Response to Alin Suciu et al (210310)
.... (A showing that the textual imperfections of Gos.Thom. were essential to what it was)
.... "Incisive and compelling" (Joseph F. Badir, Egyptian Coptologist)

Aspects of the Gospel of Thomas Puzzle (210217)
.... (my comments at the Academia discussion session for paper below, plus afterthoughts)
The Gospel of Thomas Puzzle, the Jesus Wife Fragment, and I (201021)
.... (The Detroit News article with notes, discussed at Academia)
Detroit News article "Macomb Researcher ..." (Francis X. Donnelly, 201001)
.... (Details the connection between my work on GTh and its involvement in the GJW hoax)
.... "Beautifully written ... the reporter did his homework ..." (Ariel Sabar)
.... (The pdf file is taken from the e-edition, which contains pics not in the printed edition.)

The Prologue to the Gospel of Thomas as "The Stone the Builders Rejected" (200405, Academia)
.... (Proposed solution to a dilemma entailed by the 16800-letter size of Gos.Thom. sans prologue.)
.... "Another intriguing analysis!" (Alexandros Tsakos, University of Bergen)
.... (Expanded 200517 to include commentary from the Academia feedback session)

Letter-Counts of the Coptic Gospel of Thomas and Its Sayings (200122, Academia)
.... (Results of a revision to my calculation of the size of Gos.Thom., conducted in
.... conjunction with the transcription-comparisons of Martijn Linssen, challenges
.... the adequacy of conventional views and methods, in that it demonstrates that
.... the tractate was a product of precise design and careful inscription.)

The Hidden Father in the Coptic Gospel of Thomas (190919)
.... (a companion piece to "Hidden World")

The Hidden World in the Coptic Gospel of Thomas (190815)
.... (the solution to the organization problem)
.... "I'm not sure what to say except "wow!" and to applaud both your attention to detail
.... from the minutest level to that of big picture and overall structure, and your creative
.... and insightful suggestion for how to interpret those details as a whole!"
(James McGrath)

The above links are to academia.edu. Use links below if unable to download or print from there.
.... "World"..."Father" (but note that links within the papers are to academia.edu as well)

Thomas-Related Writings of myself and other GTS members at Academia (Aug, 2019)

Gospel of Thomas Studies on Facebook (Nov, 2015)

An Interlinear Translation of the Coptic Gospel of Thomas
... (with links to sites about the Greek P.Oxy. fragments)
... go directly to split-screen page (best view)

A Concordance for the Coptic Gospel of Thomas (May 2013) ... doublets (Jan, 2017)

The Greek-Coptic Differences and How DeConick Handles Them (new March 2015)
... DeConick's Thomas Color-Coded (Tim Staker) Linear Format Columnar Format

Earliest Testimonia to GTh (Hippolytus on the Naassenes) (new May 2016)

Other English Translations of NH Codex II Texts
... (see Op-Ed piece below about Meyer-Patterson translations)

Selected Gospel of Thomas Books in English, 1983-2012
Selected Resources for the Study of Nag Hammadi Codex II

The Nag Hammadi Library (new page Jan 2014)

Copto-Greek Number System, Fonts & Transliterations
Brief Notes on the Greek Number System and Early Christianity (Jan '16)
The Nomina Sacra of the Gospel of Thomas and Their Numbers (Sep '17)

Coptic Unicode Fonts and Keyboards

Images
The Nag Hammadi Codices (courtesy Andre Gagne)
The bindings of Codex II (back cover, front cover, binding flap)
Display leaf showing page 32 of Codex II (Coptic Museum, Cairo) (new image Jan '17)
Facsimiles of pages 32-51 (The Gospel of Thomas)
The tau-rho, or staurogram, in the "cross saying" (#55)
Op-Ed Pieces
Good Man or Usurer? Battle Over a Lacuna (Nov '13)
How Many Books Were in the Jar? (rewritten Nov '13)
No Man's Land: The Meyer-Patterson Family of Translations (Jun '08, rev Jan '15)
(2008 version published in The Gnostic, Issue 1, Spring 2009, 104-106)
The Strange Case of the Nancy Johnson Translation (Dec '06)
The Jesus' Wife Chronicles *** now including latest on Ariel Sabar's Veritas ***
... "The most complete rundown of the Gospel of Jesus' Wife controversy ..."
... Christopher D. Cantwell and Hussein Rashid, Religion, Media, and the Digital Turn, 2015.

Links to Other Sites, Blogs, and Online discussion groups

The Gospel of Thomas in Online Videos and Podcasts (Oct 2013)

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