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TheGospel of Thomas -- found in 1945 -- has been described as "without question the most significant Christian book discovered in modern times." Often Thomas is seen as a special independent witness to the earliest phase of Christianity and as evidence for the now-popular view that this earliest phase was a dynamic time of great variety and diversity. In contrast, Mark Goodacre makes the case that, instead of being an early, independent source, Thomas actually draws on the Synoptic Gospels as source material -- not to provide a clear narrative, but to assemble an enigmatic collection of mysterious, pithy sayings to unnerve and affect the reader. Goodacre supports his argument with illuminating analyses and careful comparisons of Thomas with Matthew and Luke.Watch the trailer:ReviewReligious Studies Review "This book is the first monograph ever published that explores the case thatThomas knew the Synoptic Gospels. . . . A very important book, and I find it hard to resist the force of Goodacre's argument."Bibliotheca Sacra "Goodacre's analysis of the evidence is excellent and he does not lose sight of the larger question of Christian origins. As a result, he is able to investigate the small and seemingly inconsequential details that specialists will require and also engage students new to the topic. Through the book readers of both sorts will find Goodacre's sustained argument thatThomas is dependent on the Synoptic Gospels. Scholars who argue thatThomas reflects an independent and early strand of Christianity will have to contend with this volume."Southwestern Journal of Theology "This is an important work both forGospel of Thomas studies as well as Synoptic studies from which both scholars and Bible students can benefit."The Bible Today "This is an excellent example of careful scholarship. . . . Goodacre makes the effective and patient case that in factThomas was familiar with the Synoptics and was written after 135 C.E."Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society "Thomas and the Gospels is meticulous in its argumentation and clear in its presentation. The result is a compelling case for the knowledge and use of the Synoptic Gospels in theGospel of Thomas. Those who hope to make the case for the independence of theGospel of Thomas from the Synoptics will now have a very hard row to hoe indeed."Journal of Theological Studies "A fresh and balanced study. . . . Goodacre's argument is convincing and a breath of fresh air in a sometimes stale debate. In the very least, Goodacre has demonstrably shifted the burden of proof upon scholars who would argue for an early, independentThomas."Review & Expositor "The importance of this book's contribution to the field of early Christian historical research cannot be overstated. . . . In this fine piece of scholarship, Goodacre suggests that we might lay down our wild theories and returnThomas to its place on the shelf with the rest of the Nag Hammadi library."Choice (American Library Association) "Goodacre argues cogently that theGospel of Thomas postdates and shows familiarity with all three Synoptic Gospels. . . . Future scholars who want to argue for the independence of theGospel of Thomas or its predating the Synoptics will have an uphill battle after Goodacre's work. Highly recommended."Journal for the Study of the New Testament "With characteristic lucidity in detail and in overall structure, and in careful conversation with other scholars, Goodacre presents a case that should persuade, or at least stimulate the unpersuaded to respond as cogently."Biblica "An imposing front in the newest wave of Thomasine scholarship."Larry W. Hurtado -- University of Edinburgh "With firm and vigorous (but never shrill) argumentation, incisive critique of other views, and full and clearheaded handling of the data, Mark Goodacre mounts a cogent, persuasive case that theGospel of Thomas reflects acquaintance wi

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TheGospel of Thomas -- found in 1945 -- has been described as "without question the most significant Christian book discovered in modern times." Often Thomas is seen as a special independent witness to the earliest phase of Christianity and as evidence for the now-popular view that this earliest phase was a dynamic time of great variety and diversity. In contrast, Mark Goodacre makes the case that, instead of being an early, independent source, Thomas actually draws on the Synoptic Gospels as source material -- not to provide a clear narrative, but to assemble an enigmatic collection of mysterious, pithy sayings to unnerve and affect the reader. Goodacre supports his argument with illuminating analyses and careful comparisons of Thomas with Matthew and Luke.Watch the trailer:ReviewReligious Studies Review "This book is the first monograph ever published that explores the case thatThomas knew the Synoptic Gospels. . . . A very important book, and I find it hard to resist the force of Goodacre's argument."Bibliotheca Sacra "Goodacre's analysis of the evidence is excellent and he does not lose sight of the larger question of Christian origins. As a result, he is able to investigate the small and seemingly inconsequential details that specialists will require and also engage students new to the topic. Through the book readers of both sorts will find Goodacre's sustained argument thatThomas is dependent on the Synoptic Gospels. Scholars who argue thatThomas reflects an independent and early strand of Christianity will have to contend with this volume."Southwestern Journal of Theology "This is an important work both forGospel of Thomas studies as well as Synoptic studies from which both scholars and Bible students can benefit."The Bible Today "This is an excellent example of careful scholarship. . . . Goodacre makes the effective and patient case that in factThomas was familiar with the Synoptics and was written after 135 C.E."Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society "Thomas and the Gospels is meticulous in its argumentation and clear in its presentation. The result is a compelling case for the knowledge and use of the Synoptic Gospels in theGospel of Thomas. Those who hope to make the case for the independence of theGospel of Thomas from the Synoptics will now have a very hard row to hoe indeed."Journal of Theological Studies "A fresh and balanced study. . . . Goodacre's argument is convincing and a breath of fresh air in a sometimes stale debate. In the very least, Goodacre has demonstrably shifted the burden of proof upon scholars who would argue for an early, independentThomas."Review & Expositor "The importance of this book's contribution to the field of early Christian historical research cannot be overstated. . . . In this fine piece of scholarship, Goodacre suggests that we might lay down our wild theories and returnThomas to its place on the shelf with the rest of the Nag Hammadi library."Choice (American Library Association) "Goodacre argues cogently that theGospel of Thomas postdates and shows familiarity with all three Synoptic Gospels. . . . Future scholars who want to argue for the independence of theGospel of Thomas or its predating the Synoptics will have an uphill battle after Goodacre's work. Highly recommended."Journal for the Study of the New Testament "With characteristic lucidity in detail and in overall structure, and in careful conversation with other scholars, Goodacre presents a case that should persuade, or at least stimulate the unpersuaded to respond as cogently."Biblica "An imposing front in the newest wave of Thomasine scholarship."Larry W. Hurtado -- University of Edinburgh "With firm and vigorous (but never shrill) argumentation, incisive critique of other views, and full and clearheaded handling of the data, Mark Goodacre mounts a cogent, persuasive case that theGospel of Thomas reflects acquaintance wi

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