The Gospel of Thomas Retold
The Living One: Contemplations of the Gospel of Thomas is something of a strange and unique little book. It is strange in that it interweaves short re-tellings of the Gospel of Thomas with equally staccato-like chapters of prose about the author’s trip with Jed (to whom the book is dedicated) during which the author finds the Gospel of Thomas in a bookstore. Various comments and explanations of the Gospel of Thomas rewrites are offered at the end of the book together with further re-tellings. The overall effect is a fascinating and unique look at this important Gospel. The book probably should be read and contemplated a number of times to obtain its full effects.
I have long thought the Gospel of Thomas to be an important document to study for esoteric truth. Many of the sayings in the Gospel are, at first sight, bizarre and therefore warrant contemplation in an esoteric context. Stuart France has tackled this in his own unique manner enriching the subject matter and opening it up to further contemplation and insights. He also writes well and I enjoyed it as a result.
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