Early Christian Writings Commentary
Title: Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 29
Subheading: This page explores modern interpretations of the Gospel according to Thomas, an ancient text preserved in a Coptic translation at Nag Hammadi and Greek fragments at Oxyrhynchus. With no particular slant, this commentary gathers together quotations from various scholars in order to elucidate the meaning of the sayings, many of which are rightly described as “obscure.”
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From: Early Christian Writings
Horst Balz. (T87)
Bentley Layton. (T68)
Harold W Attridge. (T34)
Jean Doresse. (T81)
Robert Funk. (T71)
Nag Hammadi Coptic Text
BLATZ4CM Translator ID: T87
(29) Jesus said: If the flesh came into existence because of the spirit, it is a marvel. But if the spirit (came into existence) because of the body, it is a marvel of marvels. But as for me, I wonder at this, how this great wealth made its home in this poverty.
LAYTON4CM Translator ID: T68
(29) Jesus said, “It is amazing if it was for the spirit that flesh came into existence. And it is amazing indeed if spirit (came into existence) for the sake of the body. But as for me, I am amazed at how this great wealth has come to dwell in this poverty.”
DORESSE4CM Translator ID: T81
34 . Jesus says: “If the flesh was produced for the sake of the spirit, it is a miracle. But if the spirit <was produced> for the sake of the body, it is a miracle of a miracle.” But for myself (?), I marvel at that because the [ . . . of] this (?) great wealth has dwelt in this poverty.”
Oxyrhynchus Greek Fragment
DORESSE – Oxyrhynchus4CM Translator ID: T81
[“. . .] the poverty.”
ATTRIDGE – Oxyrhynchus4CM Translator ID: T34
(29) [. . . makes its home in this] poverty.