The Original Gospel of Thomas in Translation
With a Commentary and New English Translation of the Complete Gospel
April D. DeConick. London: T & T Clark, 2006; paperback, 2007
This companion volume to Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas provides the first comprehensive analysis of the development of the Gospel of Thomas. DeConick's book contains a saying-by-saying commentary. She also includes a reconstruction, translation, and analysis of the "original" form of the gospel - the Kernel Gospel of Thomas. She offers a comprehensive analysis of the origin and meaning of the Gospel of Thomas as it developed in response to various pressures and communal crises. She traces this development from the earliest apocalyptic Kernel Gospel from Jerusalem (30-50 CE) to its final form as an early Christian mystical Gospel with Alexandrian affinities (120 CE).
"There is a wealth of information in this volume and the standard formatting makes it readily accessible. This is a very helpful discussion which will undoubtedly generate much focused and fruitful investigation of this enigmatic text."
Paul Foster, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, Review in Expository Times 118:8 (2007) page 470.
Paul Foster, Expository Times 118:8 (2007) pages 469-470.