I have just seen the latest fascicle of Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and I was thrilled to see that every article focuses exclusively on the Gospel of Thomas. The lineup looks like this:
1. A New Synoptic Problem: Mark Goodacre and Simon Gathercole on Thomas (John S. Kloppenborg)
2. A New Gnosticism: Why Simon Gathercole and Mark Goodacre on the Gospel of Thomas
Change the Field (Nicola Denzey Lewis)
3. Twice More—Thomas and the Synoptics: A Reply to Simon Gathercole, The Composition of
the Gospel of Thomas, and Mark Goodacre, Thomas and the Gospels (Stephen J.
4. Thomas Revisited: A Rejoinder to Denzey Lewis, Kloppenborg and Patterson (Simon Gathercole)
5. Did Thomas Know the Synoptic Gospels? A Response to Denzey Lewis, Kloppenborg and Patterson (Mark Goodacre)
These essays are all revised versions of papers given at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago back in 2012, with one change. Christopher Tuckett’s contribution has been replaced by a contribution from Kloppenborg. I attended the session and it was superb. If you’ve read this blog (or my previous blog), you know that I have interviewed a number of the participants in this session. You will also remember that I am very fond of (and convinced by) the work both Goodacre and Gathercole have done in demonstrating Thomas‘s knowledge of the Synoptics (especially Matthew and Luke).