What is the infancy gospel of Thomas?
The script is telling a story about Jesus from age five until his early teenage years. The Infancy Gospel is a fictional work (it could be argued any Christian writing) about a careless, ignorant, arrogant and childish Jesus who has the powers of a divine being but the mindset of a child. This Gospel is completely different to the Gospel of Thomas, which is from gnostic labour, although they share the same author name, they were written by different guys. There is also another Infancy Gospel called the Infancy Gospel of James.
There are a number of reasons why the Infancy Gospel of Thomas is such an important document. Firstly, it provides us with an incredibly different view of Jesus’ early years. We learn about his family life (including his mother and father), his education (including what he learned at school), and his interactions with other people in his community. This information is invaluable when trying to understand Jesus’ personality and motives in a Christian context – it helps us to understand the author of the text and let us speculate about his intentions and his theology.
Secondly, the Infancy Gospel of Thomas provides us with unique insights into Jesus’ divine nature. In particular, we learn about the concept of Logos (which is Greek for ‘word’). Logos refers to Jesus’ divine power – he has the ability to speak, demonstrate his power, etc. – and this aspect of his character has been enormously influential in shaping Christian and Moslem theology. For example, many Christians believe that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was actually a demonstration of his Logos power – thereby proving that he was truly God incarnate.
Finally, the Infancy Gospel of Thomas provides us with insights into the individual Christian teachings and the author’s intentions who wrote the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and his understanding of what the divine Jesus should be or represent. Obviously the creator of this text tried to let Jesus look like he knows everything better and the other peoples are just fools in comparison. They should not dare to challenge Jesus and it implies not challenging this special “take” on Christianity.
We have no references to Jesus’ childhood in the canonical Gospels. This must-have bothered the author of this work to compensate for the lack of information and to emphasise the divines of Jesus. This text presents an interesting perspective on who Jesus was and what he did.
Infancy Gospel Of Thomas PDF
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas is a short saying which goes true different years of Jesus early life according to the creator of the Gospel. It is an very interesting telling of what different Christian groups thought and what drove them to write this text. You can download the Gospel and read it for yourself, you will find it after you confirmed your email address.
When Was The Infancy Gospel Of Thomas Written?
When Was The Infancy Gospel Of Thomas Written? It was likely written in the second century AD as most scholars would agree, around 100 years after Jesus’ death. We learn that Infancy Thomas was mentioned by Irenaeus in AD 180. He was declaring it heresy as it didn’t fit his understanding of Jesus. It seems the creator of this text has know the Gospel of Luke in (2:41–50) we know the author of Luke created a story in which Joseph and Marie lost the 12-year-old Jesus and they found him in a temple debating religious matters with priests. This is the only attempt by mainstream Christianity to explain Jesus lost years and Infancy Thomas (19) is closing similarly. Luke is mostly considered to be written around AD 80–110. Infancy Thomas can not outdate Luke so it should fit between 110 – 180 AD as the date of composition.
Who was the author of the Infancy Gospel?
The author of the text, possibly not a Gnostic, is unknown to us. According to the gospel, the author supposedly should have been the mortal twin brother of the divine Jesus – Thomas meaning twin in Aramaic.
The author of the text was interested in presenting Jesus in more divine light and maximising his powers. This gospel also sheds some light on Jesus’ childhood. He is portrayed as a god who is playful and merciless and very human-like.
Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Jesus Kills
We find a couple of instances where Jesus is killing people in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas. The creator of this text wanted to underline the divineness of Jesus and his powers to make this figure more impressive. This would certainly be made a big impression on the folks at that time, remember – mortality how we define it nowadays, was different then. Slavery, genocide, and killing were the daily routine. That somebody can erase life so easily was terrifying and impressive at the same time. The author of the text wanted to strike the people with these emotions to steer them in the direction he wanted. Similar to politicians or religious leaders today.
Victim 1 the boy of the scholar
Infancy Thomas 3: A boy spoiled Jesus’ work by draining out a pond of water Jesus had collected and the young god punished the boy by letting him dry out and wether like he did with Jesus’ work. Victim 1
Victim 2 an unnamed kid from the village
Infancy Thomas 4: In the village of Jesus, another lad runs accidentally into the infant Jesus, Jesus cursed the poor being instantly and he fall down dead.
Victim 3 the teacher.
Infancy Thomas 14: Jesus wanted that a new teacher is telling him what the meaning of Alpha is but the teacher stroke him on the head and young Jesus voodooed him and the teacher lost consciousness and fell to the ground. From the next sentences which follow, a conversation between Joseph and Marie, we know the teacher is dead.
Infancy Gospel of Thomas Quran
It is possible that Mohamed had contact in the 7th century AD with the eastern Christian branches that treated the Infancy Gospel of Thomas as scripture because we can find something similar in the Quran 3.49 compare it to Infancy Thomas 2.2 + 2.3 and 6, the similarities are huge.
why is the infancy Gospel Of Thomas Not In The Bible?
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas was not selected to be included in the bible because it didn’t fit into the orthodox understanding of Jesus. It is worth mentioning though, that the text still circulated in the middle ages for example in the Monastery like in Klosterneuburger Evangelienwerk, (Austria). It wasn’t really widespread as it could have bothered the orthodoxy that Jesus has been depicted as arrogant, heartless and childish.
is the infancy gospel of Thomas true?
The Infancy Gospel of Thomas is very, very likely not true. I say very likely not true because if I say it is not true, I have to bring the burden of proof, which I can not. The same applies, though, to the people who claim Jesus performed miracles. They need to bring proof but they cant bring it either for the same reason as me.
Summary Of The Infancy Gospel Of Thomas
The creator of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas has never met Jesus or the disciples or even people who know them so it probably doesn’t contain the words of Jesus. However, it is another piece of the time of antiquity which helps us to understand the context and the different streams of Christianity a bit better.