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The Beloved Disciple in Conflict?Revisiting the Gospels of John and Thomas$
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Ismo Dunderberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284962

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199284962.001.0001

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John and Thomas in Conflict—about What?

John and Thomas in Conflict—about What?

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The Beloved Disciple in Conflict?

Ismo Dunderberg (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that it is not tenable to assume that Thomas is dependent on John, and that the theory that their affinities go back to a common sayings source also proves problematic. The most recent theory that John was written in response to the Gospel of Thomas or to Thomasine Christians is critically examined. Scholars arguing for this theory presuppose that the figure of Thomas in the Gospel of John represents a theological position opposed by the author of this gospel, but they show no agreement as regards what this theological position is. This already suggests that the figure of Thomas in John offers too narrow a basis for far-reaching conclusions about the theology he is supposed to stand for.

Keywords:   Thomas, common sayings source, John, early Christian groups

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