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INTRODUCTION TO GOSPEL OF THOMAS
The Gospel of Thomas is just as authentic as the Gospel of John in that most, if not all, of the verses were originally written by one of the disciples and, as such, is an ear witness account to some of what Jesus said. It is the counterpoint to the Gospel of John and the other Gospels in that there is no narrative; Thomas has only collected the wisdom sayings, or loggia of Jesus.
A consensus is emerging in American scholarship that the Gospel of Thomas is a text independent of the synoptics and that it was compiled in the mid to late first century. [[J.H. Sieber maintains the position that "there is very little redactional evidence, if any, for holding that our Synoptic Gospels were the sources of Thomas' synoptic sayings. In the great majority of sayings there is no such evidence at all....As of the date of this article (1988) almost all those who are currently at work on Thomas have come to hold that it represents an independent tradition" ("The Gospel of Thomas and the New Testament," in Gospel Origins and Christian Beginnings [ed. J. Goehring et al.; Sonoma, CA: Polebridge, 1990] 69, 70). C. Hedrick concludes: "I am personally convinced that our present Coptic version of the Gospel of Thomas was not derived from the synoptic Gospels. The evidence, in my opinion, leads inevitably to that conclusion" ("Thomas and the Synoptics: Aiming at a Consensus," SecCent 7/1 [1989-90] 56); cf. also R. Cameron's arguments for Thomas's independence in Forum 2/2  3-39). For a recent review of the discussion of Thomas's independence and an extensive argument supporting Thomas's independence, see S. Patterson, "The Gospel of Thomas Within the Development of Early Christianity" (diss., Claremont, 1988). He concludes that "Thomas is not linked to the synoptic gospels in any generative sort of way. The material used by Thomas' author/editor did not come from the canonical gospels, nor was its overall plan conceived along lines similar to those which governed the formation of all four of the canonical gospels. In this sense the Gospel of Thomas is to be considered autonomous: it is to be understood in terms of its own reception and treatment of the Jesus tradition, and the inner logic by which it appropriates traditional material" (p. 147).- Stevan L. Davies, "The Christology and Protology of the Gospel of Thomas", Journal of Biblical Literature Volume 111, Number 4, Winter 1992
Although the text that we have today in English suffers from imperfect translation for Aramaic to Greek to English, and there are some fragments missing, some of these verses or loggia in the Gospel of Thomas are clear and self-evident. Others can only be properly understood by knowing the culture of the time and the communication techniques and literary devices and the ancient roots for some of these loggia that go back into the ancient scriptures. Most important to understanding is the paradigm of the Father and the Kingship presented by Jesus.
Many verses in this important Gospel sound opaque or enigmatic unless:
Again, the Gospel of Thomas is qualitatively superior to the Synoptic Gospels for most of the same reasons as John is superior.
GOSPEL OF THOMAS
Preface: These are the secret sayings which the living Jesus spoke and which Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down.
1. And he said, 'Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death."
See Thomas 18,19,59,111, Jn 3:15, 4:14,35-37, 5:24,39,40, Jn 6:27,40,47-51,58, 8:51-53, 10:10,27,28, 11:25,26, 17:2,3, Lk 9:27
2. Jesus said, "Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds. When he finds, he will become troubled. When he becomes troubled, he will be astonished, and he will rule over the all."
See Mt 7:7-12, Lk 11:9-13
3. Jesus said, "If those who lead you say to you, 'See, the kingship is in the sky,' then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, "It is in the sea,' then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingship is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty."
See Thomas 51,113, Lk 17:20,21
4. Jesus said, "The man old in days will not hesitate to ask a small child seven days old about the place of life, and he will live. For many who are first will become last, and they will become one and the same."
See Lk 13:30
5. Jesus said, "Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest."
See Mt 10:26, Mk 4:22, Lk 8:17, 12:2
6. His disciples questioned him and said to him, "Do you want us to fast? How shall we pray? Shall we give alms? What diet shall we observe?" Jesus said, "Do not tell lies <be dishonest>, and do not do what you hate <despise>, for all things are plain in the sight of heaven. For nothing hidden will not become manifest, and nothing covered will remain without being uncovered."
See Thomas 6,14,27,104, Mt 6:1-18
7. Jesus said, "Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man: and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man."
8. And he said, "The man<truly human> is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of small fish. Among them the wise fisherman found a fine large fish. He threw all the small fish back into the sea and chose the large fish without difficulty. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."
See Jn 21:1-14, Mt 13:47-52, Lk 5:1-11
9. Jesus said, "Now the sower went out, took a handful of seeds, and scattered them. Some fell on the road; the birds came and gathered them up. Others fell on rock, did not take root in the soil, and did not produce ears. Others fell on thorns; they choked the seeds, and worms ate them. And others fell on the good soil and it produced good fruit; it bore sixty per measure and a hundred and twenty per measure."
See Mt 13:1-9,18-23, Mk 4:1-9,13-20, Lk 8:4-8,11-15
10. Jesus said, "I have cast fire upon the world, and see, I am guarding it until it blazes."
See Mt 3:11, 13:36-43, Lk 12:49
11. Jesus said, "This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. In the days when you consumed what is dead, you made it what is alive. When you come to dwell in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one you become two. But when you become two, what will you do?"
See Mt 24:32-35, Mk 13:28-31, Lk 21:29-33
12. The disciple said to Jesus, "We know that you will depart from us. Who is to be our leader?" Jesus said to them, "Wherever you are, you are to go to James the righteous, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being."
13. Jesus said to his disciples, "Compare me to someone and tell me whom I am like."
Simon Peter said to him, "You are like a righteous angel."
See Jn 4:13,14, 7:37,38
14. Jesus said to them, "If you fast, you will give rise to sin for yourselves; and if you pray, you will be condemned; and if you give alms, you will do harm to your spirits. When you go into any land and walk about in the districts, if they receive you, eat what they will set before you, and heal the sick among them. For what goes into your mouth will not defile you, but that which issues from your mouth--it is that which will defile you."
See Thomas 6,27,104, Mt 6:1-18, 15:10-20, Mk 7:14-23, Lk 10:8,9
15. Jesus said, "When you see one who was not born of woman, prostrate yourselves on your faces and worship him. That one is your father <authority figure>."
See Mt 23:1-12, Mk 12:38-40, Lk 20:45-47
16. Jesus said, "Men think, perhaps, that it is peace which I have come to cast upon the world. They do not know that it is dissension which I have come to cast upon the earth; fire, sword, and war. For there will be five in a house; three will be against two, and two against three, the father against the son, and the son against the father. And they will stand solitary <united>."
See Mt 10:34-39, Lk 12:49-59
17. Jesus said, "I shall give you what no eye has seen and what no ear has heard and what no hand has touched and what has never occurred to the human mind."
18. The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us how our end will be." Jesus said, "Have you discovered, then, the beginning, that you look for the end? For where the beginning is, there will the end be. Blessed is he who will take his place in the beginning; he will know the end and will not experience death."
See Thomas 1,19,59,111
19. Jesus said, "Blessed is he who came into being before he came into being. If you become my disciples and listen to my words, these stones will minister to you. For there are five trees for you in Paradise which remain undisturbed summer and winter and whose leaves do not fall. Whoever becomes acquainted with them will not experience death."
See Thomas 1,18,59,111, Mt 25:1-10
20. The disciples said to Jesus, "Tell us what the kingship of heaven is like." He said to them, "It is like a mustard seed. It is the smallest of all seeds. But when it falls on tilled soil, it produces a great plant and becomes a shelter for birds of the sky."
See Mt 13:31,32, Mk 4:30-32, Lk 13:18,19
21. Mary said to Jesus, "Whom are your disciples like?"
He said, "They are like children who have settled in a field which is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, 'Let us have back our field.' They (will) undress in their presence in order to let them have back their field and to give it back to them. Therefore I say, if the owner of a house knows that the thief is coming, he will begin his vigil before he comes and will not let him dig through into his house of his domain to carry away his goods. You, then, be on your guard against the world. Arm yourselves with great strength lest the robbers find a way to come to you, for the difficulty which you expect will (surely) materialize. Let there be among you a man of understanding. When the grain ripened, he came quickly with his sickle in his hand and reaped it. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear."
See Mt 24:36-44, Mk 13:32-37, Lk 12:35-40, 17:26-37
22. Jesus saw infants being suckled. He said to his
disciples, "These infants being suckled are like those who enter the
kingship." They said to him, "Shall we then, as children, enter the
See Mt 18:1-4, 19:13-15, Mk 9:33-37, 10:13-16, Lk 9:46-48, 18:15-17
23. Jesus said, "I shall choose you, one out of a thousand, and two out of ten thousand, and they shall stand as a single one <united>."
See Jn 17:11-26, Mt 22:1-14
24. His disciples said to him, "Show us the place where you are, since it is necessary for us to seek it." He said to them, "Whoever has ears, let him hear. There is light within a man of light, and he lights up the whole world. If he does not shine, he is darkness."
See Jn 8:12-20, 13:36-38, 14:1-14, Mt 6:22,23, Mk 4:21-25, Lk 8:16-18, 11:33-36
25. Jesus said, "Love your brother like your soul <psyche>, guard him like the pupil of your eye."
See Jn 13:31-35, 15:8-17, Mt 10:40-42, 22:34-40, 25:31-46, Mk 12:28-34, Lk 10:25-28
26. Jesus said, "You see the mote in your brother's eye, but you do not see the beam in your own eye. When you cast the beam out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to cast the mote out of your brother's eye."
See Mt 7:3-5, Lk 6:39-42
27. Jesus said, "If you do not fast as regards the world, you will not find the kingship. If you not observe the Sabbath as a Sabbath <Holiday>, you will not see the father."
See Thomas 6,14,104, Mt 12:1-14, Mk 2:23-28, Mk 3:1-6, Lk 6:1-11, 13:10-17, 14:1-6
28. Jesus said, "I took my place in the midst of the world, and I appeared to them in flesh. I found all of them intoxicated; I found none of them thirsty. And my soul <psyche> became afflicted for the sons of men, because they are blind in their hearts and do not have sight; for empty they came into the world, and empty too they seek to leave the world. But for the moment they are intoxicated. When they shake off their wine, then they will repent."
See Jn 9:35-41, 12:37-43, Mt 13:10-17, Mk 4:10-12, Lk 8:9,10
29. Jesus said, "If the flesh came into being because of spirit, it is a wonder. But if spirit came into being because of the body, it is a wonder of wonders. Indeed, I am amazed at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty."
See Jn 3:1-15
30. Jesus said, "Where there are three gods, they are gods. Where there are two or one, I am with him."
See Jn 10:33-36, Mt 18:18-20
31. Jesus said, "No prophet is accepted in his own village; no physician heals those who know him."
See Mt 13:53-58, Mk 6:1-6, Lk 4:16-20
32. Jesus said, "A city built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden."
See Mt 5:13-16
33. Jesus said, "Preach from your housetops that which you will hear in your ear. For no one lights a lamp and puts it under a bushel, nor does he put it in a hidden place, but rather he sets on a lampstand so that everyone who enters and leaves will see its light."
See Mt 5:13-16, 10:24-33, Mk 4:21-25, Lk 8:16-18, 11:33
34. Jesus said, "If a blind man leads a blind man, they will both fall into a pit."
See Jn 9:35-41, 12:37-43, Mt 7:3-5, 15:14, Lk 6:39-45
35. Jesus said, "It is not possible for anyone to enter the house of a strong man and take it by force unless he <first> binds his hands; then he will (be able to) ransack his house."
See Mt 12:29, 24:36-44, Mk 3:27, 13:32-37, Lk 11:21,22, Lk 12:35-40, 17:26-37
36. Jesus said, "Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear."
See Mt 6:25-34, Lk 12:22-34
37. His disciples said, "When will you become revealed to us and when shall we see <understand> you?" Jesus said, "When you disrobe without being ashamed and take up your garments and place them under your feet like little children and tread on them, then [will you see] the son of the living one, and you will not be afraid."
See Jn 14:1-14, 16:16-33, 17:3
38. Jesus said, "Many times have you desired to hear these words which I am saying to you, and you have no one else to hear them from. There will be days when you will look for me and will not find me."
See Jn 7:34, 16:16-33, Lk 17:22-25
39. Jesus said, "The Pharisees and the scribes <theologians> have taken the keys of knowledge (gnosis) and hidden them. They themselves have not entered, nor have they allowed to enter those who wish to. You, however, be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves."
See Mt 23:13-15, Lk 11:52
40. Jesus said, "A grapevine has been planted outside of the father, but being unsound, it will be pulled up by its roots and destroyed."
See Jn 15:1-17, Mt 15:12-14
41. Jesus said, "Whoever has something in his hand will receive more, and whoever has nothing will be deprived of even the little he has."
See Mt 13:10-17, 25:14-30, Mk 4:21-25, Lk 8:16-18, 19:26
42. Jesus said, "Become passers-by."
43. His disciples said to him, "Who are you, that you should say these things to us?" Jesus said to them, "You do not realize who I am from what I say to you, but you have become like the Jews, for they either love the tree and hate its fruit or love the fruit and hate the tree."
44. Jesus said, "Whoever blasphemes against the father will be forgiven, and whoever blasphemes against the son will be forgiven, but whoever blasphemes against the holy spirit <the God spirit or spirit of loving the truth> will not be forgiven either on earth or in heaven."
See Jn 10:31-39, Mt 12:30-32, Mk 3:28-30, Lk 12:8-12
45. Jesus said, "Grapes are not harvested from thorns, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they do not produce fruit. A good man brings good from his storehouse; an evil man brings forth evil things from his evil storehouse, which is in his heart, and says evil things. For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil things."
See Mt 7:15-20, 12:33-37, Lk 6:43-45
46. Jesus said, "Among those born of women, from Adam until John the baptist, there is no one so superior to John the baptist that his eyes should be not lowered before him. Yet I have said, whichever one of you comes to be a child will be acquainted with the kingship and will become superior to John."
See Mt 11:11-14, Lk 7:28
47. Jesus said, "It is impossible for a man to mount two horses or to stretch two bows. And it is impossible for a servant to serve two masters; otherwise, he will honor the one and treat the other contemptuously. No man drinks old wine and immediately desires to drink new wine. And new wine is not put into old wineskins, lest they burst; nor is old wine put into a new wineskin, lest it spoil it. An old patch is not sewn onto a new garment, because a tear would result."
See Mt 6:24, 9:14-17, Mk 2:18-22, Lk 5:33-39, 16:10-13
48. Jesus said, "If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, 'Move away,' and it will move away."
See Thomas 106, Mt 17:20, 18:18-20, 21:20-22, Mk 11:20-26, Lk 17:5,6
49. Jesus said, "Blessed are the solitary <unified> and elect, for you will find the kingship. For you are from it, and to it you will return."
See Jn 17:11-26, Mt 5:9
50. Jesus said, "If they say to you, 'Where did you come from?', say to them, 'We came from the light, the place where light came into being on its own accord and established itself and became manifest through their image.' If they say to you, 'Is it you?', say, 'We are its children, and we are the elect of the living father.' If they ask you, 'What is the sign of your father in you?', say to them, 'It is movement and repose.'"
See Jn 12:36, Lk 16:8
51. His disciples said to him, "When will the repose of the dead come about, and when will the new world come?" He said to them, "What you look forward to has already come, but you do not recognize it."
See Thomas 3,113, Mt 12:28, 16:28, Mk 1:15, 9:1, Lk 9:27, Lk 17:20,21, 21:29-33
52. His disciples said to him, "Twenty-four prophets spoke in Israel, and all of them spoke in you." He said to them, "You have omitted the one living in your presence and have spoken only of the dead."
See Jn 6:47-51
53. His disciples said to him, "Is circumcision beneficial or not?" He said to them, "If it were beneficial, their father would beget them already circumcised from their mother. Rather, the true circumcision in spirit has become completely profitable."
54. Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor, for yours is the kingship of heavens."
See Mt 5:3, Lk 6:20
55. Jesus said, "Whoever does not hate <set aside> his father and his mother cannot become a disciple. And whoever does not hate <set aside> his brothers and sisters and take <pull> up his cross <tethering stake> in my way will not be worthy of me."
See Mt 10:34-39, Mk 10:28-31, Lk 12:49-53, 14:25-33
56. Jesus said, "Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world."
See Jn 16:33
57. Jesus said, "The kingship of the father is like a man who had [good] seed. His enemy came by night and sowed weeds among the good seed. The man did not allow them to pull up the weeds; he said to them, 'I am afraid that you will go intending to pull up the weeds and pull up the wheat along with them.' For on the day of the harvest the weeds will be plainly visible, and they will be pulled up and burned."
See Mt 13:24-30,36-43
58. Jesus said, "Blessed is the man who has suffered and found life."
See Mt 5:10
59. Jesus said, "Take heed of the living one while you are alive, lest you die and seek to see him and be unable to do so."
See Thomas 1,18,19,111, Jn 10:27,28, 14:6,23,24, 15:10
60. They saw a Samaritan carrying a lamb on his way to
Judea. He said to his disciples, "That man is round about<arms wrapped
around> the lamb."
See Thomas 90
61. Jesus said, "Two will rest on a bed; the one will die,
and the other will live."
See Jn 17:11-26, Mt 24:40-42, Lk 17:34;35
62. Jesus said, "It is to those [who are worthy of my] mysteries that I tell my mysteries. Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing."
See Mt 13:10-17, Mk 4:11-13, Lk 8:9,10
63. Jesus said, "There was a rich man who had much money. He said, 'I shall put my money to use so that I may sow, reap, plant, and fill my storehouse with produce, with the result that I shall lack nothing.' Such were his intentions, but that same night he died. Let him who has ears hear."
See Lk 12:16-21
64. Jesus said, "A man had received visitors. And when he
had prepared the dinner, he sent his servant to invite the guests. He went
to the first one and said to him, 'My master invites you,' He said, 'I have
claims against some merchants. They are coming to me this evening. I must go
and give them my orders. I ask to be excused from the dinner.' He went to
another and said to him, 'My master has invited you. 'He said to him, 'I
have just bought a house and am required for the day. I shall not have any
spare time.' He went to another and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He
said to him, 'My friend is going to get married, and I am to prepare the
banquet. I shall not be able to come. I ask to be excused from the dinner.'
He went to another and said to him, 'My master invites you.' He said to him,
'I have just bought a farm, and I am on my way to collect the rent. I shall
not be able to come. I ask to be excused.'
See Mt 22:1-14, Lk 14:15-24
65. He said, "There was a good man who owned a vineyard. He leased it to tenant farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the produce from them. He sent his servant so that the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard. They seized his servant and beat him, all but killing him. The servant went back and told his master. The master said, 'Perhaps he did not recognize them.' He sent another servant. The tenants beat this one as well. Then the owner sent his son and said, 'Perhaps they will show respect to my son.' Because the tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the vineyard, they seized him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear."
See Mt 21:33-41, Mk 12:1-9, Lk 20:9-16
66. Jesus said, 'Show me the stone which the builders have rejected. That one is the cornerstone."
See Mt 21:42-44, Mk 12:10,11, Lk 20:17,18
67. Jesus said, "If one who knows the all still feels a personal deficiency, he is completely deficient."
See Thomas 3, Jn 15:15-17
68. Jesus said, "Blessed are you when you are hated and persecuted. Wherever you have been persecuted they will find no place."
See Mt 5:10,11, Lk 6:22,23
69. Jesus said, "Blessed are they who have been persecuted within themselves. It is they who have truly come to know the father. Blessed are the hungry, for the belly of him who desires will be filled."
See Mt 5:6,10,11, Lk 6:21
70. Jesus said, "That which you have will save you if you bring it forth from yourselves. That which you do not have within you will kill you if you do not have it within you."
See Mt 13:10-17, 25:14-30, Mk 4:21-25, Lk 8:16-18, 19:26
71. Jesus said, "I shall [destroy this] house, and no one will be able to build it."
72. A man said to him, "Tell my brothers to divide my father's possessions with me." He said to him, "O man, who has made me a divider?" He turned to his disciples and said to them, "I am not a divider, am I?"
See Lk 12:13-15
73. Jesus said, "The harvest is great but the laborers are few. Beseech the lord, therefore, to send out laborers to the harvest.
See Jn 4:31-42, Mt 9:35-38, Lk 10:2
74. He said, "O lord, there are many around the drinking trough, but there is nothing in the cistern."
75. Jesus said, "Many are standing at the door, but it is the solitary <unified> who will enter the bridal chamber."
See Jn 17:11-26, Mt 5:9
76. Jesus said, "The kingship of the Father is like a merchant who had a consignment of merchandise and who discovered a pearl. That merchant was shrewd. He sold the merchandise and bought the pearl alone for himself. You too, seek his unfailing and enduring treasure where no moth comes near to devour and no worm destroys."
See Mt 6:19-21,25-34, 13:44-46, Lk 12:22-34
77. Jesus said, "It is I who am the light which is above them all. It is I who am the all. From me did the all come forth, and unto me did the all extend. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift up the stone, and you will find me there."
See Jn 1:1-5,9-13, 3:19, 8:12, 9:5, 12:35
78. Jesus said, "Why have you come out into the desert? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see a man clothed in fine garments like your kings and your great men? Upon them are the fine garments, and they are unable to discern the truth."
See Mt 11:7-19, Lk 7:24-35
79. A woman from the crowd said to him, "Blessed are the womb which bore you and the breasts which nourished you."
He said to her," Blessed are those who have heard the word of the father and have truly kept <heeded> it. For there will be days when you will say, 'Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk.'"
See Lk 11:27,28, 23:28-31
80. Jesus said, "He who has recognized the world has found the body, but he who has found the body is superior to the world."
See Thomas 56, Jn 16:33
81. Jesus said, "Let him who has grown rich be king, and let him who possesses power renounce it."
See Thomas 110
82. Jesus said, "He who is near me is near the fire, and he who is far from me is far from the kingship."
See Thomas 10,16, Mt 3:11, 13:36-43, Mk 9:49, Lk 12:49
83. Jesus said, "The images are manifest to man, but the light in them remains concealed in the image of the light of the father. He will become manifest, but his image will remain concealed by his light."
84. Jesus said, "When you see your likeness, you rejoice. But when you see your images which came into being before you, and which neither die nor become manifest, how much you will have to bear!"
85. Jesus said, "Adam came into being from a great power and a great wealth, but he did not become worthy of you. For had he been worthy, [he would] not [have experienced] death."
See Thomas 1, Jn 3:15, 4:14,35-37, 5:24,39,40, Jn 6:27,40,47-51,58, 8:51-53, 10:10,27,28, 11:25,26, Jn 17:2,3 Lk 9:27
86. Jesus said, "[The foxes have their holes] and the birds have [their] nests, but the son of man has no place to lay his head and rest."
See Mt 8:18-22, Lk 9:57-62
87. Jesus said, "Wretched is the body that is dependent upon a body, and wretched is the soul <psyche> that is dependent on these two."
See Mt 8:18-22, Lk 9:57-62
88. Jesus said, "The angels and the prophets will come to you and give to you those things you (already) have. And you too, give them those things which you have, and say to yourselves, "When will they come and take what is theirs?"
89. Jesus said, "Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not realize that he who made the inside is the same one who made the outside?"
See Mt 23:25,26, Lk 11:37-41
90. Jesus said, "Come unto me, for my yoke is easy and my lordship is mild, and you will find repose for yourselves."
See Thomas 60, Mt 11:25-30
91. They said to him, "Tell us who you are so that we may believe in you."
He said to them, "You read the face of the sky and of the earth, but you have not recognized the one who is before you, and you do not know how to read this moment."
See Jn 8:21-29, Mt 8:27, 16:1-4, Mk 4:41, 8:11-13, Lk 8:25, 12:54-56
92. Jesus said, "Seek and you will find. Yet, what you asked me about in former times and which I did not tell you then, now I do desire to tell, but you do not inquire after it."
See Jn 16:16-24, Mt 7:7-12, Lk 11:9-13
93. Jesus said, "Do not give what is holy to dogs, lest they throw them on the dungheap. Do not throw the pearls [to] swine, lest they...it [...]."
See Mt 7:6
94. Jesus [said], "He who seeks will find, and [he who knocks] will be let in."
See Mt 7:7-12, Lk 11:9-13
95. Jesus said, "If you have money, do not lend it at interest, but give [it] to one from whom you will not get it back."
See Mt 14:16, Mk 6:37, Lk 6:27-31, 9:13
96. Jesus said, "The kingship of the father is like [a certain] woman. She took a little leaven, [concealed] it in some dough, and made it into large loaves. Let him who has ears hear."
See Mt 13:33-35, Lk 13:20,21
97. Jesus said, "The kingship of the [father] is like a certain woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking [on the road], still some distance from home, the handle of the jar broke and the meal emptied out behind her [on] the road. She did not realize it; she had noticed no accident. When she reached her house, she set the jar down and found it empty."
98. Jesus said, "The kingship of the father is like a certain man who wanted to kill a powerful man. In his own house he drew his sword and stuck it into the wall in order to find out whether his hand could carry through. Then he slew the powerful man.
See Lk 14:28-31
99. The disciples said to him, "Your brothers and your mother are standing outside."
He said to them, "Those here who do the will of my father are my brothers and my mother. It is they who will enter the kingship of my father."
See Mt 12:46-50, Mk 3:31-35, Lk 8:19-21
100. They showed Jesus a gold coin and said to him, "Caesar's men demand taxes from us."
He said to them, "Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar, give God what belongs to God, and give me what is mine."
See Mt 22:15-21, Mk 12:13-17, Lk 20:19-26
101. Jesus said, "Whoever does not hate <set aside> his [father] and his mother as I do cannot become a [disciple] to me. And whoever does [not] love his [father and] his mother as I do cannot become a disciple to me. For my mother...but [my] true [mother] gave me life."
See Thomas 55, Mt 10:34-39, Mk 10:28-31, Lk 12:49-53, Lk 14:25-33
102. Jesus said, "Woe to the Pharisees, for they are like a dog sleeping in the manger of oxen, for neither does he eat nor does he [let] the oxen eat."
See Mt 23:13, Lk 11:52
103. Jesus said, "Fortunate is the man who knows where the brigands will enter, so that [he] may get up, muster his domain<forces>, and arm himself before they invade."
See Mt 24:36-44, Lk 12:35-40
104. They said to Jesus, "Come, let us pray today and let us fast."
Jesus said, "What is the sin <mistake> that I have committed, or wherein have I been defeated? But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then let them fast and pray."
See Thomas 6,14, Jn 16:16-24, Mt 9:14-17, Mk 2:18-22, Lk 5:33-39
105. Jesus said, "He who knows the father and the mother will be called the son of a harlot."
See Jn 8:41,42
106. Jesus said, "When you make the two one, you will become the sons of man, and when you say, 'Mountain, move away,' it will move away."
See Thomas 11,22,47,48,61,75,89, Mt 17:20, 18:18-20, Mt 21:20-22, Mk 11:20-26, Lk 17:5,6
107. Jesus said, "The kingship is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine and looked for that one until he found it. When he had gone to such trouble, he said to the sheep, 'I care for you more than the ninety-nine.'"
See Mt 18:10-14, Lk 15:1-7
108. Jesus said, "He who will drink from my mouth will become like me. I myself shall become he, and the things that are hidden will be revealed to him."
See Jn 1:1-5, 3:19, 4:13,14, 5:24,37,38, 6:35,36,48-51,63, 7:37,38, 8:28,38,43, 10:27,28, 12:47-50, 14:23,24, 16:12-15, 18:27
109. Jesus said, "The kingship is like a man who had a [hidden] treasure in his field without knowing it. And [after] he died, he left it to his [son]. The son [did] not know (about the treasure). He inherited the field and sold [it]. And the one who bought it went plowing and [found] the treasure. He began to lend money at interest to whomever he wished."
See Mt 25:24-27
110. Jesus said, "Whoever finds the world and becomes rich, let him renounce the world."
See Thomas 81
111. Jesus said, "The heavens and the earth will be rolled up in your presence. And the one who lives from the living one will not see death." Does not Jesus say, "Whoever finds himself is superior to the world?"
See Thomas 1,19,59, Jn 5:24, 6:33-35,47-51,58, 8:51-53, Jn 10:10, 11:25,26, 17:2,3
112. Jesus said, "Woe to the flesh that depends on the soul <psyche>; woe to the soul <psyche> that depends on the flesh."
113. His disciples said to him, "When will the kingship come?"
Jesus said, "It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying, 'here it is' or 'there it is.' Rather, the kingship of the father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it."
See Thomas 3,51, Mt 12:28, 16:28, Mk 1:15, 9:1, Lk 9:27, 17:20,21, 21:29-33
114. Simon Peter said to them, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life."
Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingship of heaven."
See Thomas 22, Mt 5:1-12