Contemplations on the Gospel of Thomas
By Stuart France
“It is the very nature of esoteric thought to seek the inner truth and knowledge hidden behind the outer face presented to the world. This retelling of the Gospel of Thomas is a personal exploration of that quest for inner truth, fuelled by the acquisition of a book that began a journey into meaning.”
Many scholars believe that the Gospel According to Thomas preserves a glimpse into the oral traditions of the Gospels. The book, one of the Nag Hammadi Scrolls, is a collection of sayings, parables and teachings attributed to Jesus.
In this unique interpretation Stuart France brings the oral tradition to life, retelling the Gospel in his own words, in the way it may have been told around the hearthfires of our forefathers.
Accompanied by an in depth commentary that draws upon the esoteric tradition of the Mystery Schools, The Living One throws open a window on an age old story.
” Look, it’s obvious,
mozzies are God’s Angels in disguise.”
I am very glad to be able to announce the imminent publication of “The Living One: Contemplations of the Gospel of Thomas”, by my friend and co-writer Stuart France.
If you have read our book, The Initiate, you may have realised already that this is not likely to be some dry, scholarly interpretation of ancient writings, but a fresh and rather unorthodox look beneath the surface of the words themselves towards their inner meaning.
This little book charts a personal journey to understanding, following it down some rather unusual pathways. It begins with a road trip in an arid landscape far from home; a journey that led through a country that captured imagination and set it to music. It ends with an ancient story, told as you have never read it before.
If the body came into being because of the spirit then it is a marvel:
if the spirit came into being because of the body then it is a marvel of marvels;
I marvel that such great wealth dwells in so much poverty.
There are many books based on the scrolls found at Nag Hammadi. This book purports to be neither scholarly interpretation nor translation. Rather it is a transmutation of the spirit of the words, born of the personal realisations of a seeker after Truth.
The notes that accompany the main text highlight the nature of the work, making reference to established works as well as opening a door into the practice of contemplative meditation and the way in which that process can cast a new light on ideas covered in the accumulated dust of habit.
Though some may see heresy in a retelling of Scripture there is, here, neither lack of respect nor any lack of love for the Christ, but rather a sincere seeking for the inner truth of His teachings.
Of course I am going to highly recommend the book… I know the man and the sincerity with which he writes.
Available shortly in paperback and for Kindle.