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I am glad you liked the video. I wondered after posting it, what people would make of it, I posted it to try and show a perspective far removed from the Cecil B Demille bible films I am sure some would picture those times like that. Also what did people think Jesus did for 40 days and 40 nights? and imo the video shows the methods used, Here's some small observations that I also found interesting.
1, The full bowing of the monks fore head to touch the ground, and that Islam took up the practice from Christians.
2, Mohamed saw his visions in a cave, now this sounds very similar to Thomas' Gospel and the vid.
3, I find it intriguing because years ago I was reading up on Mohamed, he married a widow who had Caravans and traded right up to Jerusalem (probably beyond) and the book suggested that he was taught by a Christian monk. So looking at points 1, 2 and 3 do we have a common thread? Imo we do, James' message/teachings and I would think methods too, were taken east. So probably Jesus's message and methods were passed on through James. And then I think to myself, hang on, how about John the Baptist? Jesus went to him for baptism, a gift, a transferring of knowledge of peace!
John was a real character, very famous and powerful that's why he was bumped off , there is a lot historical documentation, Josephus hadn't a good word for him. Well he was a turn coat and joined up with Vespasian against the Jews so it was propaganda really. So we seem to have lineage here, definitely some thing special going on imo.
4, Jesus said many times I shall 'give' you Peace, now in eastern mysticism/ history the greatest masters 'gave' enlightenment, a gift given.
Mathew 13.10 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables? He replied, "Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been 'given' to you, but not to them”.
This relationship was very special. And a very special teacher.
I like Thomas because it offers a different view, a more mystical take and historically proven, James did become community leader and went on to be the first Bishop of the Jerusalem community and his gospel (he must have written more) was rejected and had to be hidden to survive? So we go to a living God not a book God, not some laws that we blindly except but a real experience we join with and feel. In the East its often called Yoga 'Union'. I have often discussed this and say that yoga is an out come, you achieve union, not you bought a yoga mat, yoga shoes, yoga trousers and contort your body, they turned it into an physical excersize system with some breathing, how about disabled people? Or what if they lost a limb, those ideas are wrong. In the spiritual super market, there,s always some one try to make quick buck.
Jesus gave the best answer, 'know a tree by the fruit it bears' taste it, not just read about it, Gnosis 'to know by experience'.
Anyway enough speculation, there is so much one can say on this topic.
The book 'James the brother of Jesus is 90% about James, Saul/Paul, John the Baptist and there is a lot of info of that time in it. Eisenman is/was Prof of middle east religions and archaeology at California State Uni, you can get a second hand copy on Amazon, it is listed at £9 to £16 and a Kindle version at £4. It is the best resource I have found for James and that period in Palestine.
For many Christians James maybe seen as lessening of Jesus in some way this is incorrect it highlights special links to others and that the great foundation Jesus created was very influential and in more ways than most know.

You mentioned Socrates, there is a very good theory offered by Pierre Grimes on Socrates works he offered a mystical thesis of the Republic/Socrates for review it was turned down, One reviewer said, 'In order to accept this we would have to throw away hundreds of years of philosophical thinking and I'm not doing that'.
Here's a interview called 'Training The Philosopher King' with Pierre Grimes. [www.youtube.com] he is very old in this interview. I think there are 2 or 3 others around this topic this might be the best not sure now been a long time since seeing them, so take your pick, if your interested.

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Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 1917 PB Bytes 29-Mar-19 17:07
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Making progress 318 drrayeye 30-Mar-19 18:20
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Manichaeism 224 Eddie Larry 02-Apr-19 17:49
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Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 206 Gnostic Bishop 02-Apr-19 15:25
Before we go any further 218 PB Bytes 02-Apr-19 15:45
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Thanks 205 drrayeye 01-Apr-19 18:54
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Some alternatives 208 drrayeye 01-Apr-19 21:05
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Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 211 Eddie Larry 02-Apr-19 04:07
Thomas in India 223 PB Bytes 02-Apr-19 04:31
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Inspiration 203 drrayeye 04-Apr-19 18:13
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Re: Inspiration 245 Eddie Larry 06-Apr-19 18:29
James the Just 228 grangram 05-Apr-19 08:25
I agree completely 207 drrayeye 05-Apr-19 16:50
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Re: James the Just 209 PB Bytes 05-Apr-19 23:27
Socrates? of course. 216 grangram 06-Apr-19 06:50
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Re: Thomas in India 206 Eddie Larry 05-Apr-19 01:39
Re: Thomas in India 234 eyeofhorus33 04-Apr-19 21:42
Re: Thomas in India 207 drrayeye 05-Apr-19 00:40
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Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 302 drrayeye 30-Mar-19 03:47
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Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 286 Eddie Larry 30-Mar-19 17:56
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Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 223 Eddie Larry 01-Apr-19 15:28
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Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 202 Eddie Larry 01-Apr-19 17:27
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Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 206 Eddie Larry 01-Apr-19 19:35
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Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 299 Susan Doris 30-Mar-19 06:16
Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 259 PB Bytes 30-Mar-19 14:13
Youtube is very helpful 275 drrayeye 30-Mar-19 18:52
Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 266 Gnostic Bishop 31-Mar-19 20:46
Some interesting comments 276 drrayeye 30-Mar-19 20:39
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Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 192 drrayeye 01-Apr-19 19:11
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Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 203 Gnostic Bishop 01-Apr-19 20:25
Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 218 drrayeye 01-Apr-19 21:48
Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 210 Itatw70s 01-Apr-19 23:31
Re: Exploring the Gospel of Thomas 245 Gnostic Bishop 02-Apr-19 16:09
Our differences are our similarities.... 220 Itatw70s 02-Apr-19 18:17
Re: Our differences are our similarities.... 202 Gnostic Bishop 02-Apr-19 19:44
Re: Our differences are our similarities.... 208 Itatw70s 02-Apr-19 23:39
Re: Our differences are our similarities.... 195 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 15:02
Re: Our differences are our similarities.... 199 Itatw70s 03-Apr-19 16:34
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Re: Our differences are our similarities.... 200 Itatw70s 04-Apr-19 18:21
Re: Our differences are our similarities.... 198 Gnostic Bishop 06-Apr-19 00:53
IMO 226 drrayeye 02-Apr-19 23:12
About that short trip I had mentioned... 223 PB Bytes 03-Apr-19 04:04
Re: IMO 204 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 14:56
Re: IMO - My take after these few days 206 PB Bytes 03-Apr-19 15:45
Re: IMO - My take after these few days 207 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 16:51
Re: IMO - My take after these few days 206 PB Bytes 03-Apr-19 17:04
Re: IMO - My take after these few days 202 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 17:29
Re: IMO - My take after these few days 211 PB Bytes 03-Apr-19 17:39
Re: IMO - My take after these few days 209 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 19:57
Re: IMO - My take after these few days 200 Itatw70s 04-Apr-19 19:40
Re: IMO - My take after these few days 201 Gnostic Bishop 06-Apr-19 01:01
Spirituality 213 drrayeye 03-Apr-19 17:57
Re: Spirituality 206 PB Bytes 03-Apr-19 18:07
Re: Spirituality 205 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 20:13
Regarding Bishop Spong: 203 PB Bytes 03-Apr-19 20:28
Re: Regarding Bishop Spong: 203 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 20:36
Re: Spirituality 202 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 20:07
If you need help 197 drrayeye 04-Apr-19 03:52
Re: If you need help 202 Gnostic Bishop 04-Apr-19 14:04
Re: IMO 188 drrayeye 03-Apr-19 17:35
Re: IMO 197 Eddie Larry 03-Apr-19 18:31
Re: IMO 189 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 20:23
Re: IMO 201 Eddie Larry 03-Apr-19 20:28
Re: IMO 200 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 20:39
Re: IMO 194 Eddie Larry 03-Apr-19 21:13
Re: IMO 202 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 21:44
Re: IMO 198 Eddie Larry 03-Apr-19 22:21
Re: IMO 182 Gnostic Bishop 04-Apr-19 13:58
Re: IMO 199 Eddie Larry 04-Apr-19 17:38
Re: IMO 199 Gnostic Bishop 05-Apr-19 20:28
You've posted this already 200 drrayeye 05-Apr-19 22:57
Re: You've posted this already 204 Gnostic Bishop 06-Apr-19 12:24
God--in song 206 drrayeye 06-Apr-19 20:39
Richard Dawkins 207 drrayeye 04-Apr-19 04:31
Rupert is great! 205 grangram 05-Apr-19 11:49
Rediscovering God 243 drrayeye 05-Apr-19 16:44
Oh Please 200 drrayeye 04-Apr-19 04:14
Re: Oh Please 195 Gnostic Bishop 04-Apr-19 14:10
TV Popularizers 202 drrayeye 04-Apr-19 17:18
Re: IMO 221 Gnostic Bishop 03-Apr-19 19:56
Re: IMO 215 drrayeye 04-Apr-19 04:01
Re: IMO 212 Gnostic Bishop 04-Apr-19 14:07
I think I get it 215 drrayeye 04-Apr-19 18:04
Ascetic Christianity documentary 240 grangram 05-Apr-19 09:20
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Re: Ascetic Christianity documentary 209 grangram 06-Apr-19 07:19
Thomas 78 "Why have you come out into the desert? 250 grangram 06-Apr-19 06:03
Re: Thomas 78 "Why have you come out into the desert? 222 PB Bytes 06-Apr-19 15:16
Re: Thomas 78 "Why have you come out into the desert? 211 Eddie Larry 06-Apr-19 16:38
Re: Thomas 78 "Why have you come out into the desert? 206 PB Bytes 06-Apr-19 16:49
Re: Thomas 78 "Why have you come out into the desert? 203 Eddie Larry 06-Apr-19 16:59
Some more thoughts on Jesus' influence through James' work 245 grangram 08-Apr-19 09:04
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Re: Some more thoughts on Jesus' influence through James' work 234 grangram 08-Apr-19 19:28
Re: Some more thoughts on Jesus' influence through James' work 240 PB Bytes 08-Apr-19 20:34
Re: Thomas 78 "Why have you come out into the desert? 247 PB Bytes 06-Apr-19 16:17
Re: Thomas 78 "Why have you come out into the desert? 215 grangram 09-Apr-19 13:11
Re: Thomas 78 "Why have you come out into the desert? 219 PB Bytes 09-Apr-19 17:33
The auto biography of a Yogi? 259 grangram 10-Apr-19 08:39
Re: The auto biography of a Yogi? 223 PB Bytes 10-Apr-19 23:15
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