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A Common Written Greek Source for Mark and Thomas

John Horman (author)

ISBN: 9781554582242

Publication Date: Feb 2011

Format: Hardback

Uncovers an early collection of sayings, called N, that are ascribed to Jesus and are similar to those found in the Gospel of Thomas and in Q, a document believed to be a common source, with Mark, for Matthew and Luke. In the process, the book sheds light on the literary methods of Mark and Thomas.
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This book uncovers an early collection of sayings, called N, that are ascribed to Jesus and are similar to those found in the Gospel of Thomas and in Q, a document believed to be a common source, with Mark, for Matthew and Luke. In the process, the book sheds light on the literary methods of Mark and Thomas. A literary comparison of the texts of the sayings of Jesus that appear in both Mark and Thomas shows that each adapted an earlier collection for his own purpose. Neither Mark nor Thomas consistently gives the original or earliest form of the shared sayings; hence, Horman states, each used and adapted an earlier source. Close verbal parallels between the versions in Mark and Thomas show that the source was written in Greek. Horman's conclusion is that this common source is N.

This proposal is new, and has implications for life of Jesus research. Previous research on sayings attributed to Jesus has treated Thomas in one of two ways: either as an independent stream of Jesus sayings written without knowledge of the New Testament Gospels and or as a later piece of pseudo-Scripture that uses the New Testament as source. This book rejects both views.

Imprint CCSR
Pages 270
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 25
Date Published 28 Feb 2011
Publisher Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Series Studies in Christianity and Judaism
Series Part 20
Subject/s Biblical studies & exegesis   The historical Jesus   Biblical exegesis & hermeneutics  
  • A Common Written Greek Source for Mark and Thomas by John Horman
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • N: A New Greek Source
  • The Scope of N
  • The Sayings Common to Mark and Thomas
  • N 2:19 The Bridegroom and the Bridechamber
  • N 2:21 Old and New
  • N 3:27 Bbinding the Strong Person
  • N 3:28 Speaking against the Holy Spirit
  • N 3:31 Jesus's Mother and Brothers
  • N 4:3 The Sower
  • N 4:9 Whoever Has Ears
  • N 4:11 Mystery
  • N 4:21 A Lamp under a Storage Vessel
  • N 4:22 What is Hidden Will Be Revealed
  • N 4:25 Whoever Has Will Receive
  • N 4:29 When the Fruit Ripens
  • N 4:30 A Mustard Seed
  • N 6:4 Prophet Is Not Received
  • N 7:15 What Goes into the Mouth
  • N 8:27 What Am I Like?
  • N 8:34 Carry One's Cross
  • N 9:1 Tasting Death
  • N 10:15 Become as a Child
  • N 10:31 The First and the Last
  • N 11:23 Moving a Mountain
  • N 12:1 The Vineyard Owner and the Sharecroppers
  • N 12:10 The Stone That the Builders Rejected
  • N 12:13 Taxes to Caesar
  • N 13:31 Heaven Will Pass Away
  • N 14:58 I Will Destroy This House
  • Other Candidates for N
  • The Setting of N in Early Christianity
  • Conclusions
  • Excursus
  • Excursus 1: Sayings of Jesus and Narrative about Jesus in the Early Church
  • Excursus 2: Esoteric and Exoteric Sayings and Settings in Mark
  • Excursus 3: Narrative Frameworks for Sayings in Mark
  • Excursus 4: Structural Markers Indicating the Use of Sources in Thomas
  • Excursus 5: Thomas and the "Gnostics"
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Indexes
  • Text
  • Nag Hammadi
  • Scriptures
  • Subject
  • Greek
  • Coptic
John Horman received his Ph.D. from McMaster University in 1973 and is an independent scholar from Waterloo, ON. He has published in Novum Testamentum, and this is his first book.

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