The Gospel of Thomas as Puzzle-Text

Over the course of thirty years of study of the Coptic text of the Gospel of Thomas, I've become convinced
that it has two faces, or sides, to it. What could be more natural, given the name 'Thomas' in the title? But
this is not speculation. One by one, as I worked my way thru certain odd textual features, I've run across a
significant number of cases where a logical resolution of that feature was actually confirmed by the text
itself. But if this is so, then Thomas had a secret, private, inwardly-directed side to it that is unknown to
Thomas scholars as of this date. I've written a great deal about this in 30-odd papers (mostly short) on
Academia. Some of the papers are detailed textual findings, others are attempts to explain what the
findings likely imply. Needless to say, this is an extraordinary theory, but I believe it's grounded in good
evidence of an extraordinary (though unconventional) nature. Moreover, it turns out to have the power to
explain oddities in the text otherwise explicable only by speculation. - M.W.Grondin (5/4/22)

The Inconvenient Truth about the Gospel of Thomas (210917)
.... (A one-page overview of the puzzle-text theory and the evidence behind it)
.... Academia session notes (6-page pdf excerpt, 211021)

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

Findings and Applications
The Controlled Use of Greek Words and Names in Coptic Thomas (160207)
The Omega, the New World, and the Gospel of Thomas (171029)
On the Greek Prologue to the Gospel of Thomas (171015)
The Hidden Structure of the Coptic Prologue to the Gospel of Thomas (180807)
A Glimpse of Gos.Thom.'s Secret Inner Workings: Logia 8, 72, and 100 (171117)
Catchword at a Distance: The Strange Case of Logia 11.1 and 42 (180119)
The Sickness in Th74: Scribal Error or Catchword at a Distance? (180211)
New Evidence for the Thomas Puzzle Theory: Logia 1 and 38 (180826)
The 60 and the 120: L111 and 112 as the "Good Fruit" of L9.5 (181102)
Thomasine Letter-Counting and the Analysis of Th111 (190130)

About My Work and Its Involvement in the Wife Fragment Controversy
The Kingdom of God Puzzle: Extract from Ariel Sabar's "Veritas" (220427)
The Gospel of Thomas Puzzle, the Jesus Wife Fragment, and I (201021)

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