For part of each seminar we are talking about the meaning and interpretation of these texts: how does one understand the giant Jesus in the Gospel of Peter? The three – or is it four – Christs in the Coptic Apocalypse of Peter? The nature of the sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas (are they best seen as Gnostic?). The view of Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas (is he a supernatural brat? Or a serious foreshadowing of the adult Jesus?) etc. etc. etc. – tons of issues of real interest for these various books.
But in addition to discussing these texts, we are considering historical issues that these texts conjure up and elucidate. For me, these issues are of vital importance for understanding the history of the early Christian movement…..
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