Online Lecture Announcement: “Works that Shaped the World: The Gospel of Thomas”

Since the first fragment was found in 1897, followed by the recovery of the complete text in the famous Nag Hamadi library in 1945, the Gospel of Thomas has been one of the most intriguing modern religious discoveries.

Likely compiled in the mid-first century, before the four canonical gospels of the New Testament, the Gospel of Thomas bridges the oral and the literary phases of the early Greco-Roman Christian movement. This public lecture will discuss the historical context of the text and the Thomasine community that compiled it in relation to the influence of oral culture and introduce the specific features of the text. Whereas some scholars have argued that the Gospel of Thomas is dependent on the canonical gospels, it is better understood as reflecting the wisdom traditions of the relatively peaceful early Christian period, one and a half generations after Jesus, before the Jewish War began in 66 CE.

This public lecture will explain why the Gospel of Thomas was such a significant discovery and how it has shaped our understanding of early Christianity.

Presenter:

Dr. David W. Kim is an Honorary Lecturer in the School of History, Australian National University, specialising in religious history, colonial transformation and marginal cultures. Kim is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, UK. His publications include The Words of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas: the Genesis of a Wisdom Tradition (Routledge, 2021).

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Today With Zwingli

On 19 August, 1530 Zwingli published his Supplikation und Begehren der Prädikanten zu Zürich. The topic at hand is nothing less than a plea with the Pastors of the Canton to remain faithful to the Gospel and to continue on the path of reform. He begins

Fromm, vest etc., lieb herren! Üwer ersam wysheit mag ring erwegen, was übels und unrates zuo diser zyt, dero alle ding so gefarlich stond, under den christlichen stetten entston möchte, wo sy in der leer nit eintrechtig. Es mag ouch das christlich burgrecht zweyerley ler nit erlyden.

So aber Benedictus Burgower, prędicant oder pfarrer zuo Schaffhusen, vom sacrament des nachtmals Christi nit glych mit üns in allen andren stetten leret, darus arges nit das kleinst erwachsen möcht, ist ünser ernstlich beger an üwer ersam wysheyt: Die welle ünser lieb Eydgnossen und mittburger von Schaffhusen darzuo vermögen, das sy üns gedachten Benedicten stellen und darzuo halten, das er bericht eintweders von üns empfahe oder üns gebe; dann wir inn hierinn der unwarheyt und unrechter leer leider muessend schuldigen, über das er sich vil eins andren hatt lassen zuo Bernn mercken.

Er lert ouch unsicher und valsch, so er von Christi beden naturen leret, sam die gotheyt ouch gelidten hab, dess wir inn, ouch anders, so mitlouft, bewysen embietendt.

Zwingli makes his points briefly (in just four pages). It’s still a nice piece, a sort of ‘stick with it guys’ rally cry.

‘The Gospel Coalition’ Is the Voice of Satan

And when you hear them say what they say here, you are hearing the very voice of Satan himself.  TGC would have also urged Germans to obey Hitler regardless of what he did to the Jews because Hitler, in their satanic minds, was the ‘harbinger of peace’.

This is a godless distortion of the meaning of Romans 13.  There, God establishes ‘government’, not governments nor governors.