Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 108 Assimilation to Jesus

Early Christian Writings Commentary

Title: Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 108

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

(108) Jesus said: He who drinks from my mouth will become like me, and I will become like him, and the hidden things will be revealed to him.

LAYTON[2]4CM Translator ID: T68

(108) Jesus said, “Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me; I, too, will become that person, and to that person the obscure things will be shown forth.”

DORESSE[3]4CM Translator ID: T81

112 [108]. Jesus says: “He who drinks from my mouth will become like me. As for me, I will become what he is, and what is hidden will be revealed to him.”

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

• John 4:7-15 KJV
• John 7:37-39 KJV
• Rev 22:17 KJV

Scholarly Quotes

Marvin Meyer writes: “Compare saying 13; John 4:13-14; 7:37-39; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4; Sirach 24:21, on drinking of Wisdom. In Odes of Solomon 30:1, 5, it is said that living water flows from the lips of the Lord.” 

The Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus, p. 107

Gerd Ludemann writes of 108:1, “This is a commentary on 13.5.” For the other two verses, Ludemann connects them to the prologue.

Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 642

Robert M. Grant and David Noel Freedman write: “Jesus is the source of the water of life, as in Saying 12 (cf., John 4:14 and 7:37; Revelation 22:17); the person who drinks from his mouth becomes one with him, as in various Gnostic writings (Irenaeus, Adv. haer., 1, 13, 3; Pistis Sophia, chpter 96; Gospel of Eve in Epiphanius, Pan., 26, 3, 1: ‘I am you and you are I’).”

The Secret Sayings of Jesus, p. 193


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

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