Infnacy Gospel of Thomas

Infnacy Gospel of - November 7 2006 The Infancy Gospel of Thomas presents a picture of Jesus that is quite different from the one we are used to

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November 7, 2006 The Infancy Gospel of Thomas presents a picture of Jesus that is quite different from the one we are used to. The Gospel focuses on Jesus from age five to age twelve, which is largely uncovered in the canonical Gospels. The picture of Jesus that we see in this gospel is one of great power, however though the power is great, and the examples of it more numerous we are presented with a different feel of Jesus and the way he intends to accomplish his work on earth. Something not done in the canonical text that is done in this Gospel is that Jesus uses his heavenly powers to curse as well as bless. This seems to be in stark contrast to the Lord we know from the Bible, which shows us no examples of a belligerent or enraged Jesus being driven to call on his powers to maim the offenders. However, this image of Jesus does present him as extremely powerful; one line emphasizes this and is used repeatedly, “for every word of his is an accomplished deed. (InfGThos 17.2)” This image of Jesus would be important for several
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course THEO 10101 taught by Professor Leyerle during the Fall '07 term at Notre Dame.

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Infnacy Gospel of - November 7 2006 The Infancy Gospel of Thomas presents a picture of Jesus that is quite different from the one we are used to

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