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The author doesn't just provide the Gospel of Thomas as the title would suggest, but mixes each saying with the related passages in the canonical gospels so that it is very difficult to keep straight which parts are actually in the Gospel of Thomas. He feigns objectivity in his opening about the possibility that these sayings were either the Q gospel or another source that the canonical gospels referenced, but most of his comparisons are aimed directly at making the argument that they are. He states that he understands that Gnosticism is a false frame that was created by orthodox believers to brand non-canonical works as heretical, but every interpretation he gives for the sayings seems to be based from within that frame. If you want commentary Elaine Pagel's work is better, but unfortunately she exclude's the sayings altogether. If you just want to know what the sayings are in Thomas without having some individual's notes drowning it out, this isn't what you are looking for.
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I can understand some commentary and a brief explanation at the beginning of a book, but it goes on and on throughout the entire reading of the book, where you cannot even get a grasp of your own opinion of the writing itself. It's a shame that it was done this way. Definitely regret getting this title, it should be called opinions & thoughts on the Gospel of Thomas, very misleading the way it is.
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