The Gospel of Thomas and Plato

The Gospel of Thomas and Plato

A Study of the Impact of Platonism on the “Fifth Gospel”

Ivan Miroshnikov, 2018

 

In The Gospel of Thomas and Plato, Ivan Miroshnikov contributes to the study of the earliest Christian engagements with philosophy by offering the first systematic discussion of the impact of Platonism on the Gospel of Thomas, one of the most intriguing and cryptic works among the Nag Hammadi writings. Miroshnikov demonstrates that a Platonist lens is indispensable to the understanding of a number of the Thomasine sayings that have, for decades, remained elusive as exegetical cruces. The Gospel of Thomas is thus an important witness to the early stages of the process that eventually led to the Platonist formulation of certain Christian dogmata.

(Text by the author)

 

Contents:

Acknowledgements

A Note to the Reader

Setting the Scene

The Gospel of Thomas and the Platonists on the World

The Gospel of Thomas and the Platonists on the Body and the Soul

The Gospel of Thomas and the Platonists on Oneness

The Gospel of Thomas and the Platonists on Stability

The Gospel of Thomas and the Platonists on Immutability and Indivisibility

The Gospel of Thomas and the Platonists on Freedom from Anger

Thomasine Metaphysics of the Image and Its Platonist Background

Concluding Remarks

The Greek Vorlage of Gos. Thom. 12:2

The Secondary Nature of Gos. Thom. 5:3

A Note on Gos. Thom. 77:1

Bibliography

Index of Ancient and Medieval Sources


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