I suggest that it reflects a Christianity that is quite a bit different from today’s “traditions.” My studies have come to the conclusion that early Christianity was largely a product of people living in monasteries with a little outreach to the general populace for ceremonies. Religious people banded together for comradery and safety. They were monks and nuns or sisters. They dedicated there wealth and lives to the monastery. The monks and nuns all had tasks, they would farm and teach and study. People came to monasteries for educational purposes. A steady trade was carried on in education and public ceremony. The monasteries were not poor. The members were called poor because they held wealth in common not individually.
However, things evolve. Over time Christian life became more secular. City life exploded and people went to the churches rather than monasteries. Cromwell closed many monesteries in England under Henery VIII for example.
So nowadays people read the texts and come up with their own Gospels- on not. So I am suggesting that the Gospel of Thomas was a product of this early Christian world based in the monesteries. It may seem exciting for that reason. I think it a very interesting document that may actually reflect some of Jesus thinking.
Thanks for the interesting post.
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