Report on research

49 of the sayings appear to be comparable to similar verses in one of the four gospels: 2, 9, 14a, 21, 26, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 52, 54, 58, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68,69, 71, 72, 73, 76, 78, 79, 86, 89, 90, 93, 94, 95, 96, 102, 103, 104, 107, 109,

I tagged 21 sayings as ‘strange’, perhaps without strong associations with the other gospels and sort of like riddles (to me at least):
7,8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 19, 28, 42, 43, 53, 60, 74, 81, 84, 87, 88, 92, 98, 101, 108,

I tagged 10 sayings that seem to bear on the kingdom of heaven: 3, 20, 49, 54, 57, 96, 97, 98, 107, 113

The remaining 34 were placed in these categories:

light: 11, 24, 50, 61, 77, 83

the world: 27, 28, 56, 80, 110

flesh and spirit: 14, 29, 53, 112 114

family: 25, 55, 99, 101, 105,

God: 3, 59, 60, 83, 111

two/one male/female 22, 23, 30, 61, 106, 114

Death: 1, 11, 18, 19, 85, 111

the child: 4, 21, 22, 37, 46

I suggest approaching the study initially with these 8 categories in succession.

There will then remain a number of smaller categories, and perhaps afterward we might tackle the 3 large categories. A few sayings were placed in more than one category. (I welcome any questions, correction, objections, or whatever.)

fire: 10, 16, 82

fast and pray: 6, 14, 27, 17, 104,

fire: 16, 82,

eye hath not seen: 17

end and beginning: 18, 51

All: 2, 67, 77,

within: 3, 24, 60, 70, 91,

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4 responses

  1. Wow! You’ve really put a lot of work into this, Larry – thanks.

  2. Larry,This is amazing. Thank you for this wonderful effort. I agree with your plan – it is neatly organized and do-able.

  3. Gaak!!!You REALLY do know your Thomas. But it looks like a plan we can follow.

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