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Selected Thomas Sayings Thomas, or Judas Thomas, or Didymus, was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus. He is often said to have taken Christianity eastwards as far as India. According to tradition, he landed in Kodungallur along the Malabar Coast in AD 52. There were Jewish colonies in Kodungallur since ancient times.

What is called the Gospel of Thomas, consists of noncanonical sayings. Several scholars believe some of them may be older than the Biblical gospels.

On 27 September 2006, Pope Benedict XVI gave out a speech in the Vatican. In it he recalled an ancient tradition claiming that Thomas reached Southern India. The statement made many Saint Thomas Christians in India so angry that the Vatican later amended the published text (!) [◦More on Thomas]

In the survey of sayings, points put in round brackets, are from the translation, and words in square brackets [ ] are added by me. Numbers in square brackets refers to passages (loggions) in the Gospel of Thomas, which is on-line.

LoTell of the wholeness no toiling worm is said to have found

There is light within a person of light [24].

Love and protect . . . your own soul [25].

Do not fret [so much] [36].

Don't lie, and don't do what you hate [6].

Seek his treasure that is unfailing, that . . . no worm destroys [76].

Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find . . . they will [disturbedly] marvel, and will reign over all. (And after they have reigned they will rest.) [2].

Congratulations to the person who has toiled and has found life [58].

Congratulations to those who have been persecuted in their hearts [69].

Congratulations to those who know where the rebels are going to attack [103].

Be prepared before the rebels arrive [103].

I have come to cast conflicts upon the earth [16].

Disciples . . . are like little children living in a field that is not theirs [21].

Be on guard against the world. Prepare yourselves with great strength, so the robbers can't find a way to get to you [21].

I am the one who comes from what is whole . . . if one is whole, one will be filled with light [61].

"Is circumcision useful or not?" - If it were useful, their father would produce children already circumcised from their mother [51].

Buyers and merchants (will) not enter the places of my Father [64] (2).

LoThe wise people of the coast learnt to store up much fish, and so they become easily greater

Be prepared before the rebels arrive [103] (3).

A wise fisherman . . . cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish [8] (4).

Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human [7].

Good persons produce good from what they've stored up [45].

Whoever among you becomes a child will recognize the kingdom and will become greater than John [46].

LoCongratulations to you who have become so wealthy that you can disclose mysteries of kings

Whoever has come to know the world has discovered the body, and whoever has discovered the body, of that one the world is not worthy [80] (5).

This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away [11].

Congratulations to you when you are hated and persecuted [68].

Human beings have no place to lay down and rest [86].

Congratulations to those who are alone and chosen, for you will find the kingdom. For you have come from it, and you will return there again [49] (6).✪ 

The end will be where the beginning is [18].

Know how to examine the present moment [91].

Those who are alone will enter the bridal suite [75].

When you strip without being ashamed . . . then (you) will see the son of the living one [37].

Let one who has found the world, and has become wealthy, renounce the world [110].

Let one who has become wealthy reign [81].

If you pray, you will be condemned [14].

The Father's kingdom is like a person who wanted to kill someone powerful . . . he killed the powerful one [98].

I disclose my mysteries to those of mysteries [62] (7).

The kingdom is within you and it is outside you [3].

Nursing babies are like those who enter the kingdom . . . make the two into one . . . then you will enter [22].

If you give to charity, you will harm your spirits [14].

Seek for yourselves a place for rest, or you might become a carcass [at least worn down too soon] [60] (8).

Congratulations to the one who came into being before coming into being [19].


  1. Tell of the wholeness that no toiling worm is said to have found.
  2. The wise people of the coast learnt to store up much fish, and so they become easily greater.
  3. Congratulations to you who have become so wealthy that you can disclose mysteries of kings.

IN NUCE We could learn to store food, necessities and other things well so that we easily retrieve them when a need arises, or can keep them for long, if needs be, and thereby get rid of future troubles, for example. It is part of house-keeping.

Professor melancholy

ANECDOTE A certain university professor was about to depart on his sabbatical and addressed a few parting words to his students. "This parting is very melancholy to me. I wish there might be a window in my breast that you might see the innermost recesses of my heart."

"Professor," called a young man from the class, "would a pane in the stomach do?"


Gospel of Thomas extracts, Literature  

Davies, Stevan L. The Gospel of Thomas and Christian Wisdom. New York: The Seabury Press, 1983.

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