Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 110 The rich should renounce

Early Christian Writings Commentary

Title: Gospel of Thomas Commentary: Saying 110

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

(110) Jesus said: He who has found the world (and) become rich, let him renounce the world.

LAYTON[2]4CM Translator ID: T68

(110) Jesus said, “The one who had found the world and become rich should renounce the world.”

DORESSE[3]4CM Translator ID: T81

114 [110]. Jesus says: “He who has found the world and become rich, let him renounce the world!”

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

GThom 81

Scholarly Quotes

Marvin Meyer writes: “Compare saying 81. The teaching on renunciation of the world also occurs in the Acts of Paul and Thecla, the Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles, and Pistis Sophia. See also Gospel of Thomas saying 27 on fasting from (or, abstaining from) the world.”

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

Helmut Koester writes: “To be ‘children of the living Father’ is to be free from the society and not to be bound to the world and its values. ‘Blessedness’ does not depend upon the marks of success in this world. One’s identity should not be determined by whatever is valuable for personal status in the social fabric of the world: householder, family member, religious leader, successful business person: [110].”

Ancient Christian Gospels, p. 128

Gerd Ludemann writes: “Like Logia 56; 80; 111.3, the logion is about the renunciation of the world. This time Jesus is addressing those who like the man from Logion 109 have profited from the world, but should now withdraw from it as rapidly as possible.” 

Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 641


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

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