Coptic Gospels - Gospel of Thomas & Philip translated by Paterson Brown

Annotated Coptic Gospels

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Coptic Gospels Translated by Dr. Thomas Paterson Brown
BA (Amherst), PhD (London)  1938 — 2012

English / Espanol / Greek

“Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings shall not taste death.” — The Gospel of Thomas

Gospel of Thomas (the Apostle) 30 60 CE. Gospel of Philip (the Evangelist, found in Book of Acts) post-70 CE. Gospel of Truth by St. Valentinus, 150 — 200 CE. Included are Dr. Brown’s scholarly research, annotations, and commentary. Brown’s work was published online at until 2012.

Study the Annotated Coptic Gospels

More than forty years of  Dr. Brown’s work on the Coptic gospels  can be browsed here at FreelyReceive. Besides reading the texts online, readers may download more than 250 MB of research materials from the archive homepage. Among Brown’s three gospel texts readers will find insightful annotations, scriptural concordance,  interlinear, notes, and study aids.

Manuscripts and Research Tools

Thomas: the raw genius of Christ, uncut and uncensored.

Safely buried beneath the sands of Egypt for 1,700 years, this text contains 114 dialogues and short sayings spoken by the Savior. During the first three centuries before the Roman Church, most Christians read Gospel of Thomas along with the works of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. Church scholar Clement of Alexandria (150 – 211 CE) quoted Thomas as Scripture. Others, such as Irenaeus (130 – 202 CE), condemned it. Aside from all of the differing views—but also because of them—it seems that the Gospel of Thomas was in vogue during the time before the Roman church formed.

Words from the “Living Yeshua”

While each of the four canon gospels are unsigned, the author’s name appears at the start. He is one of the Twelve: Thomas, the Apostle. Here he also refers to “the living Yeshua” (Yeshua is Jesus’ Aramaic name). This text therefore contains priceless post resurrection teachings not found in the Bible.*
*See Thomas 12, 24, 28, 37.

Gnot a Gnostic Gospel
No text, which affirms the basic reality and sanctity of incarnate life, can properly be labeled ‘gnostic’.
“‘The Gospel of Thomas’ by Richard Valantasis provides an insight into a previously inaccessible text and presents Thomas’ gospel as an integral part of the canon of Biblical writings.”
Almost every one of these scholars admits, however, that the Gospel of Thomas does NOT contain any of the known systems or theologies of gnostic writers (Valantasis, p. 11)

Today, most scholars view Thomas as an authentic fifth gospel. Indeed, some believe this is the first Christian gospel, written before Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. First, at least 21 of its sayings appear to have been re-quoted in Mark (Davies 1996). Next, its Christology is more primitive than the later sayings of the Q source. Thus, some scholars date parts of Thomas to as early as 30 CE (Valantasis, p. 12). Davies agrees. Mark, for example, once thought to be the earliest known gospel, is dated to no earlier than 70 CE (The Dating of the Gospels, BCU).

— Andrew Michael, 2018

3 thoughts on “Annotated Coptic Gospels”

    Gospel of Thomas is not Gnostic.
    There exist scholars and clergy today who wrongly dismiss Thomas as a “Gnostic gospel.” Do they know what Gnosticism is? Gnostics believe all matter is evil. God did not create the world, and might not be aware of us. The actual creator is a deluded and hostile entity. For these reasons the human body is vile, and cannot receive the Holy Spirit. As a result, Jesus Christ could not rise from the dead.

    Christian texts are based on the idea that creation (matter) is divinely created by a good God. All life is sacred. Also look for the Risen Christ, grace, forgiveness, and potential for human resurrection and/or bodily ascension to the kingdom of God.

    Gospel of Thomas is a Christian text. So, too, are the Gospels of Philip and Truth. All three proclaim the sanctity of life, the kingdom of God, and the Biblical view of a loving Creator. Learn more here.

  2. I think “man” can plan and try to manage whatever he wants but in the end, Mother Nature is going to win. She seemed to have an easier job before we started to “help”.

  3. I have searched for Tomás en español for a long time. It now is gone from the internet. This is wonderful to find.

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