Early Christian Writings Commentary
Title: Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 61
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
(61) Jesus said: Two will rest upon a bed; one will die, the other live. Salome said: Who are you, man, whose son? You have mounted my bed and eaten from my table. Jesus said to her: I am he who comes forth from the one who is equal; I was given of the things of my Father. <Salome said:> I am your disciple. <Jesus said to her:> Therefore I say: If he is equal, he is full of light, but if he is divided, he will be full of darkness.
LAYTON4CM Translator ID: T68
(61) Jesus said, “Two will repose on a couch: one will die, one will live. Salome said, “Who are you, O man? Like a stranger (?) you have gotten upon my couch and you have eaten from my table.” Jesus said to her, “It is I who come from that which is integrated. I was given (some) of the things of my father.” <. . .> “I am your female disciple.” <. . .> “Therefore I say that such a person, once integrated, will become full of light; but such a person, once divided will become full of darkness.
DORESSE4CM Translator ID: T81
65 . Jesus says: “Two will lie down there on one bed: one will die, the other will live.” Salome says: “Who art thou, man; from whom hast thou <come forth,> that thou shouldst lie on my couch and eat at my table?” Jesus says to her: “I am he who has been brought into being by Him who is equal <to me:> I have been given what belongs to my Father!”—”I am thy disciple!” Because of that, I say this: When <a person> finds himself solitary, he will be full of light; but when he finds himself divided, he will be full of darkness.
Funk’s Parallels4CM Translator ID: T71
• Luke 17:26-35 KJV
• Luke 10:21-22 KJV
• Matt 24:37-44 KJV
• Matt 11:25-27 KJV
• John 3:31-36 KJV
• John 13:1-4 KJV
• Excerpts from Theodotus 36:1-2. (Theodotus: Excerpta ex Theodoto)