Early Christian Writings Commentary
Title: Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 59
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
(59) Jesus said: Look upon the Living One so long as you live, that you may not die and seek to see him, and be unable to see him.
LAYTON4CM Translator ID: T68
(59) Jesus said, “Consider the one who is alive while you (plur.) are alive, lest you die and then seek to behold that one – and you will not be able to behold.”
DORESSE4CM Translator ID: T81
64 . Jesus says: “Seek to see Him who is living, while you are living; rather than to die and to seek to see Him <only> when you can no longer see Him!”
Funk’s Parallels4CM Translator ID: T71 , , , .
• John 7:33-34 KJV
• John 8:21 KJV
• John 13:33 KJV
• John 14:8-11 KJV