Gospel of Thomas Videos

There are a wide array of videos related to the Gospel of Thomas available online, collected on the Gospel of Thomas website. They include a Gospel of Thomas movie the delivery of which is customizable. Here’s one version that is on YouTube, courtesy of Mark Goodacre’s blog:

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There are also excerpts from documentaries such as this one:

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and a lecture by Dale Martin:

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  • Michael Grondin

    Many thanks for drawing attention to my new page, James. I’ve come across these online items over the years and felt that it would be useful to collect them on one page.

  • Gary

    I like it. Trivia fact I didn’t know, Didymus = testicles. I knew Thomas was a ball buster, but…

    • Michael Grondin

      ‘Didymus’ didn’t mean ‘testicles’. It was an indirect, humorous way of referring to them, as in “your twins” (wink, wink, nod, nod)

      • Gary

        Dale Martin lecture at 1 minute 15 sec. seems to indicate Greek. So do you mean it is colloquial, modern Greek? Or was it colloquial 2000 years ago? Or was it a real, alternate definition in Greek now or then. Or was the lecturer just joking himself, and I missed it. Or is there a deeper meaning, like an Irenaeus jab at the twin? Just interested.

        • Michael Grondin

          Gary – Colloquial 2000 years ago. Akin to our use of the phrase ‘family jewels’ to refer to testicles, though the phrase doesn’t mean that. Then, as now, mention of sexual organs was often clothed with some cleverly suggestive word or phrase. Martin seems not to be an expert on Thomas, though, else he would not have said “According to the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus had a twin brother.” There is no such claim in Gos.Thom. Probably best to keep in mind that this was one of a series of lectures introducing early Christianity, and Martin need not have had particular expertise in all the areas covered by the course.

          • Gary

            Thanks. So much for conspiracy theories. Guess it’s a medical term as well, that I never ran across. I like the web site. Want to listen to Pagels talk, when I can get 2 hours free.

          • Gary

            After listening to Pagels, and John 20:24, “24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.” I can’t help but think The author of John is using Didymus as a derogatory term. Find it interesting that the Nag Hammadi gospel of Thomas in Coptic says “Judas Thomas the Twin”. And the Greek which may be earlier in date, P. Oxy. 654, and “Judas who is also called Thomas”, no Didymus. So I rather like the inference that John was calling Thomas a testicle, although I admit I am probable wrong. But Didymus is not used in any of the other Gospels.

            • Gary

              Clearly “twin” is used differently in John. “The only begotten Son” is heavily used in John. Not compatible with “twin” in relation to Jesus. A later text, “The Book of Thomas” says “Since it is said that you are my twin…”. The other extreme. “The Gospel of Thomas” (Coptic) doesn’t say Jesus and Thomas are twins, but I think “twin” is used as a term of respect. Not so in John. In another post by James, it was mentioned in an article that the author of John made it clear he though “The Jews” killed Jesus…so all in all, the author of John was a rather crusty fellow. There clearly was an agenda.


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