Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 094 Seekers will enter

Early Christian Writings Commentary

Title: Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 94

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

(94) Jesus [said:] He who seeks will find, [and he who knocks], to him will be opened.

LAYTON[2]4CM Translator ID: T68

(94) Jesus [said], “One who seeks will find. The door will be opened to one [who knocks].”

DORESSE[3]4CM Translator ID: T81

98 [94]. Jesus [says:] “He who seeks will find, [and to whomever wishes to enter (?)] it will be opened.”

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

• Luke 11:9-13 KJV
• Matt 7:7-11 KJV
• Matt 21:18-22 KJV

• John 15:16-17 KJV
• John 14:12-14 KJV
• John 16:20-28 KJV

• Mark 11:20-25 KJV
• GHeb 4b
Dialogus Saluatoris (DialSav) 9-12
Dialogus Saluatoris (DialSav) 20

Scholarly Quotes

J. D. Crossan writes: “There is a lacuna in this text because the left bottom center of the manuscript page is missing. But the restoration is probably as certain as such things can be. The restored ‘[he who knocks]’ presumes the Coptic [pettohm e]hun (literally, ‘knocks inward,’ see Crum: 458b), and this is still residually visible in the final tip of the -h- and the complete -un. And ‘will be let in’ is, literally, ‘they will open to him,’ which is normal circumlocution for Coptic’s absent passive voice (see Guillaumont, 1959:49; Wilson, 1973:520).”

In Fragments, p. 100


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

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