Ion that the imaginal level of reality is as real as the one I inhabit here and most likely creates what we identify as the real The imagination of the architect draws on paper what eventually becomes real when it is built on this level of existence But that imagination that creative space is just as realJesus tells us he is really here with us today and always Split a piece of wood and I am here Leloup inds in these sayings that Mary of Magdalene was actually the true disciple of Jesus s thoughts and she alone really understood what Jesus was trying to convey Peter didn t have a clue No wonder the Church could never accept this apocryphal text And though Gnostic in interpretation it side steps all the silliness of some of those texts as well this is a beautiful and Ready for Summer fascinating translation of just aew short lines of the original text rom which a whole new world is born Although Leloup regards Thomas as gnostic though not in a dualistic sense he invites us to read Thomas alongside the canonical gospels to see another acet of Yeshua as he somewhat pedantically calls Jesus This comes as a refeshing change to those who will either reject Thomas totally or regard it as completely undermining the authenticity of the canonical gospelsAfter the introduction comes the complete Coptic text with opposing translation The Coptic text contains editing marks lacunae corrections reconstructions A coerência textual from the Oxyrhynchus papyri etc without any explanation and has presumably just been liftedrom some scholarly source The translation is somewhat loose and makes certain changes to the manuscript text without comment Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller for example in the logion of the lion eating the man and vice versa the meaning has been modifiedor what is presumed to be a scribal errorFollowing this Leloup provides not a commentary as such but like a meditation around each logion in turn In each meditation he may bring in other sources Dogs Behaving Badly from Tanakh and New Testmament patristic writings mediaeval mystics other gnostic sources even other religions Leloup is clearly uite erudite Sometimes one wonders whether Leloup might be of the all religions are eually valid school of thought I tried toind out info about Leloup and his Institute of Other Civilization Studies without success His photo on the back cover with thick bushy beard makes him look every bit the self styled holy manThis is certainly worth having First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There for anyone interested in the Gospel of Thomas though perhaps should not be the only translationcommentary to get I would recommend reading it alongside others Jean Yves Leloup is exactly the right man to be walking you through this As much as I love the stand alone gospels esp Mary they only make up a mereraction of the book I m always dubious about the accompanying hack job analyses and interpretations one tends to ind in these kinds of publications but trust me Leloup is the man and I even ail to see how the original source texts would carry the same kind of strength without his insights which somehow remain as accessible as they are genuinely profoun. Omas Jean Yves Leloup shows that the Jesus recorded by the infinitely skeptical and infinitely believing Thomas has much in common with gnostics of non dualistic schools Like them Jesus preaches the coming of a new man the genesis of the man of knowledge In this gospel Jesus describes a journey April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers from limited to unlimited consciousness The Jesus of Thomas invites us to drink deeplyrom the well of knowledge that lies within not so that we may become good Christians but so we may attain the self knowledge that will make each of us too a Chris.
The Gospel of Thomas is the book that didn t uite make the cut into the New Testament canon It seems to be close to the hypothesized source or Mark Matthew and Luke as a collection of aphorisms and not a coherent narrative it s understandable why one might exclude it on literary grounds In addition Thomas sometimes leans in the direction of greater mysticism or gnosticism though I think that can easily be exaggerated It s also hopeful than some guilt ocused western traditionsThis book includes several parts that will be or less interesting to you depending on what brings you here The Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome foreword by Jack Needleman and the introductionrom the editor and translator Jean Yves LeLoup are pretty conventional introductions to the Gospel of Thomas in the context of other gospelsNext comes the text in Coptic with a acing translation into English These 50 pages will only be useful or those who read Coptic or who have begun to study it I am not among that groupAfter that comes the logia each a section of text in the Gospel of Thomas Each is about a paragraph or so long LeLoup provides references to canonical scripture or comparison and urther study For example in Logion 3 he refers to Matt 2426 27 Mark 135 7 Luke 1721 Deut 30 11 14 and Rom 106 8 These cross references are valuable indeed as a study guideEach logion comes with LeLoup s commentary Some of his commentaries are insightful while I think others miss the mark They reflect his own spiritualism and gnosticism than a scholarly exegesis As a result he tends to exaggerate the difference between Thomas and the synoptic gospels You can judge those uestions Space Kid for yourselfIn its perspective Thomas differsrom the synoptic gospels less than John does Because it s a bit older than the others I Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town found many of its logia providing a striking glimpse into why the disciplesound Jesus a compelling teacher The Gospel of Thomas offers a resh perspective on Jesus and the most compelling and most nearly orthodox of the Nag Hammadi texts After reading the sample it took many months or me to Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water finally purchase The book isascinatingAnother perspective of some Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus familiar sayings of Jesus Yeshuaand some notound in the Canon For seekers of spiritual knowledge a must readThe authors translation and insight made this a memorable readone that will keep me thinking about the nowhow important it is that all God s children that would be everyone on earthshould love one another5 stars I ve always looked at religion as little than a method of brainwashing and Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse for creating narrow minded non critical thinkers However I have always beenascinated by the major personalities of these religions as I ve always believed that if they saw what their teachings had become how they ve been twisted and wrought terror all over the world they d surely be eternally sorrowful I love spirituality and have always been a seeker Troubled Waters for truth whatever that may beJean Yves Leloup I believe has captured something marvellous here When I read this book everyibre of my soul cried YES This is what Jesus was tryi. A new translation and analysis of the gospel that records the actual words of Jesus Explores the gnostic significance of Jesus's teachings recorded in this gospel Explains the true nature of the new man whose coming Jesus envisioned Translated and interpreted by the author of the bestselling The Gospel of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of PhilipOne of the cache of codices and manuscripts discovered in Nag Hammadi the Gospel of Thomas unlike the canonical gospels does not contain a narrative recording Christ's life and prophecies Instead it
Ng to teach us It was as if the man Jesus was right there with me speaking these words directly to meIf ever such a man existed and was the great loving man that I believe him to be then these are surely his words Thank you jean or such a wonderful interpretation that really goes deep and makes you think I like the gospel of Thomas he has a lot to offer with a better gnostic understanding that allows the mind to reason what has been set down Or you can just read what he reports in it s original orm I like it This stuff is deep And I can see why it was kept out of the connical gospels I guess I m a Gnostic now And that s a ok with meAll I say is keep an open mind The very last comment attributed to Jesus shows why this gospel didn t make the cut Another gospel that has good commentary and a resh look atsome of the phrases and saying that have been attributed to Jesus Any and all about the time when the writers were not literate and the thingsthey wrote about contains the oral tradition help give one a new perspective How can the gospels be accurate descriptions of events that took place 70 100 years before they were written This is one of my avorite Christian texts Very thought provoking IMHO Jean Yves Leloup offers an excellent commentary This book made me realize that everything the church teaches about the Bible are just superficial and that is why not many people are being saved The spiritual interpretation is what opens the curtain of ignorance and gives people the hidden knowledge This book decoded many of Jesus teachings using comprehensive language that anyone can understand and apply in their life Thomas leaned toward the esoteric East than the law order Roman West I wish I had been taught rom this book instead of Jesus died or you you disgusting little worm Seeking the Light inside so you can see the Light in others is a much inviting outlook philosophy than the Black White dichotomy taught by most christian sects Imagine church athers were terrified their sheep would wander away so they called this a heresy and tried to destroy all copies And look at where christian churches are todaymillionaire politicians preaching hateI very much appreciate Jean Yves LeLoup s interpretations of each logion I ll stick with the gnostics who sought Truth instead of Law Order millionaires to lead them to the Light This gospel is like a collection of nomothetic gnostic Zen Koans An enlightened person is trying to help out us deluded humans I have returned to it many times during my life Now I read a page every evening and try to igure out what it might mean The Owls: Birds of the Night first page is easy but after that it reuire nonlinear experiential thinking For once I agree with the publisher s hyperbole This text isar than a mere translation It is a translation that comes Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, from the depth of a learned and spiritual soul after profound meditation on the saying s meanings It takes deep side trips into other areas that are as stunning as they are refreshing a journey into the realm of the imaginalor example and its conclus. S a collection of his teachings what he actually said These 114 logia or sayings were collected by Judas Didymus Thomas whom some claim to be Jesus's closest disciple No sooner was this gospel uncovered Bon Bon Voyage from the sands of Upper Egypt than scholars and theologians began to bury it anew in a host of conflicting interpretations and polemics While some say it is a hodgepodgerom the canonical gospels or others it is the source text rom which all the gospel writers drew their material and inspiration In this new translation of the Gospel of Th.