Early Christian Writings Commentary
Title: Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 43
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
(43) His disciples said to him: Who are you, that you say these things to us? <Jesus said to them:> From what I say to you, do you not know who I am? But you have become like the Jews; for they love the tree (and) hate its fruit, and they love the fruit (and) hate the tree.
LAYTON4CM Translator ID: T68
(43) His disciples said to him, “Who are you, since you say these things to us?” <Jesus said to them>, “Do you (plur.) not understand who I am from the things I am saying to you? Rather, you have come to be like Jews. For they love the tree, and hate its fruit. And they love the fruit, and hate the tree.
DORESSE4CM Translator ID: T81
48 . His disciples said to him: “Who art thou, who tellest us these things?” “By the things that I tell you, do you not recognise who I am? But you yourselves have become like the Jews: they like the tree and detest the fruit, they like the fruit and detest the tree!”
Funk’s Parallels4CM Translator ID: T71
• Luke 6:43-45 KJV
• Matt 7:15-20 KJV
• Matt 12:33 KJV