Last week, we posted an eight-minute video interview with Mark Goodacre discussing his new book Thomas and the Gospels: The Case for Thomas’s Familiarity with the Synoptics.
It’s a fascinating, thought-provoking video — but it is, perhaps, just a little long for easy sharing on Facebook and elsewhere.
To remedy this, we’ve taken highlights from the interview and reworked them into a short book trailer, which you will find below. Enjoy!
The Gospel of Thomas — found in 1945 — has been described as “without question the most significant Christian book discovered in modern times.” Often Thomas is seen as a special independent witness to the earliest phase of Christianity and as evidence for the now-popular view that this earliest phase was a dynamic time of great variety and diversity.
In contrast, Mark Goodacre makes the case that, instead of being an early, independent source, Thomas actually draws on the Synoptic Gospels as source material — not to provide a clear narrative, but to assemble an enigmatic collection of mysterious, pithy sayings to unnerve and affect the reader. Goodacre supports his argument with illuminating analyses and careful comparisons of Thomas with Matthew and Luke.
What others are saying about this book:
“Mark Goodacre’s Thomas and the Gospels contributes significantly to the ongoing, sometimes vexatious debate about the relationship of the mysterious Gospel of Thomas and the well known New Testament Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Goodacre takes a whole new approach, carefully examining the Synoptic Gospels, as well as Thomas, asking important questions about how they developed and how they may have influenced one another. The author has given all of us a lot to think about, whatever position we may prefer.”
— Craig A. Evans
Payzant Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College, Nova Scotia, Canada
“With firm and vigorous (but never shrill) argumentation, incisive critique of other views, and full and clearheaded handling of the data, Mark Goodacre mounts a cogent, persuasive case that the Gospel of Thomas reflects acquaintance with the Synoptic Gospels. This is not a rehash of earlier arguments but a creative treatment that introduces new analysis of this important early Christian text.”
— Larry W. Hurtado
University of Edinburgh
“Meticulous, adroit, and closely reasoned, this work will immediately become the definitive presentation of the case that Thomas draws on the Synoptics. Those who take the contrary position truly have their work cut out for them.”
— Dale C. Allison Jr.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary