Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 062 Jesus tells his secrets to the worthy

Early Christian Writings Commentary

Title: Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 62

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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Horst Balz. (T87)
Bentley Layton. (T68)
Harold W Attridge. (T34)
Jean Doresse. (T81)
Robert Funk. (T71)

Our Ref:
ECST: 014.10.000.T34
ECST: 014.10.000.T68
ECST: 014.10.000.T71
ECST: 014.10.000.T81
ECST: 014.10.000.T87

Nag Hammadi Coptic Text

Gospel of Thomas Coptic Text

BLATZ[1]4CM Translator ID: T87

(62) Jesus said: I speak my mysteries to those [who are worthy of my] mysteries. What your right hand does, let not your left hand know what it does.

LAYTON[2]4CM Translator ID: T68

(62) Jesus said, “it is to those [worthy] of [my] secrets that I am telling my secrets. Do not let your (sing.) left hand understand what your right hand is doing.

DORESSE[3]4CM Translator ID: T81

66 [62]. Jesus says: “When I tell my mysteries to [. . .] mystery: [what] your right hand does, let your left hand not know <that> it does it.”

Funk’s Parallels[4]4CM Translator ID: T71

• Luke 8:9-10 KJV
• Matt 13:10-17 KJV
• Matt 6:2-4 KJV
• Mark 4:10-12 KJV
Pseudo-Clementine Homilies 19.20.1
Clem. Alex. Strom.

Scholarly Quotes

F. F. Bruce writes: “The first sentence is similar to the canonical saying about the disciples receiving the mystery of the kingdom of God which remains a riddle to outsiders (Mark 4.11 f.; cf. Matthew 13.11 ff.; Luke 8.10); but here the esoteric doctrine of the Gnostics is meant. The second sentence in the canonical tradition (Matthew 6.3) enjoins secrecy in generous giving; here it forbids the spreading of the esoteric doctrine beyond the privileged circle.” 

Jesus and Christian Origins Outside the New Testament, p. 137-138


1 4CM Translator ID: T87
2 4CM Translator ID: T68
3 4CM Translator ID: T81
4 4CM Translator ID: T71

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