Early Manuscripts of the Gospel of Thomas
In writing a commissioned essay on “Who Read Early Christian Apocrypha?” for a multi-author volume, I drew upon an earlier study I made a few years ago: “The Greek Fragments of the Gospel of Thomas as Artefacts: Papyrological Observations on Papyrus Oxyrhynchus 1, Papyrus Oxrhynchus 654 and Papyrus Oxrhynchus 655,” published in Das Thomasevangelium: Enstehung–Rezeption–Theologie, eds. Jorg Frey, edzard Popkes and Jens Schroeter (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008), pp. 19-32. To my knowledge, this essay remains the most recent, and in some respects the most detailed, papyrological analysis of these fascinating items in print. I’ve now put a PDF of the pre-publication form of the essay under the “Selected Essays” tab of this blog-site.
But the volume also includes a wealth of other studies by a galaxy of scholars important for anyone seriously interested in scholarship on the Gospel of Thomas, some in English and some in German. Among them, I cite in particular Stephen Emmel, “The Coptic Gnostic Texs as Witnesses to the Production and Transmission of Gnotic (and Other) Traditions” (pp. 33-49); Stephen J. Patterson, “Jesus Meets Plato: The Theology of the Gospel of Thomas and Middle Platonism” (pp. 181-205); April D. DeConick, “Mysticism and the Gospel of Thomas,” (206-21); Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer, “On the Redactional and Theological Relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and the Apocryphon of John” (251-71);and Jens Schroeter, “Die Herausforderung einer theologischen Interpretation des Thomasevangeliums” (435-59).