Sunday, November 4, 2012

Nag Hammadi Gnostic Library Gospel of Thomas

In 1970 the codices the Egyptian government released the 4th century codices which had been been found in an earthen jar in a cave near the town of Nag Hammadi. These were sacred texts concerning Neo Platonism and Gnosticism, and incorporated many apocrypha about the Master Jesus. The Gospel of Thomas in particular has many quotes attributed to Jesus. His parables are powerful and teachings require thought. "O lord, there are many around the drinking trough but there is nothing in the cistern" It is suggested that the Great IAM is within all things, turn over a rock I AM there, split a piece of wood , IAM there. In the Gospel of Philip it is said that the Master loved Mary more than any of the disciples and kissed her upon the mouth. At the council of Nicea much of Gnosticism was excluded, the accumulated mysticism which attempted to merge the teachings of Jesus into the ancient sophistry was excised making suitable a more plebian understanding for the masses as yet unable to lift there heads from the constant toil for survival. The Gnostic Bible illuminates much in the way of what may have been kept in the library of Alexandria before the arsons destruction, and of what the Essenes may have been influenced by, of the merging of astronomy, mysticism, natural law, and Hebrew tradition.

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