Religion: St. Thomas' Gospel

Published last week was a book so important to New Testament studies that it was released simultaneously in Europe and the U.S. in five languages and six editions. Scholars have been waiting for it since 1946, when word went through the learned world that jars containing 13 leather-bound papyrus manuscripts—part of a 4th century Gnostic library—had been found in a sand-covered tomb in Upper Egypt. Laymen had been waiting for the book since last spring, when Swiss Theologian Oscar Cullmann, in a lecture at Manhattan's Union Theological Seminary, quoted some tantalizing excerpts from the "sayings of Jesus" contained in one of...

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