William G. Duffy’s groundbreaking new book, The Hidden Gospel of Thomas, is out now! Find out more
– Martijn Linssen, Gospel of Thomas scholar and translator
– Booklife review, editor’s pick “for truly outstanding quality
The Fifth Gospel
This ancient collection of Jesus sayings, half of which were previously unknown, opens up a whole new area of research for Biblical scholars.
About William G. Duffy
William G. Duffy has studied and written on the Gospel of Thomas for over thirty-six years. His conviction that Thomas can be understood only in a non-dual context has been inspired and sustained by a variety of influences.
Excerpts from The Hidden Gospel of Thomas
Just as saying 2 describes what happens when one seeks and finds (one is astonished, rules, and rests), this saying describes where it happens (inside of you and outside of you), and how it happens (by knowing yourself). One has the feeling that if these two sayings could be fully understood and applied, all the other sayings in this collection would likewise be understood. Indeed, Jesus appears to offer here a road map as to where he intends to take his listeners.
God is the womb of life. In the realm of the Kingdom, there is no other womb but His. So in saying 79, when it says, “Blessed is the womb that has not conceived and the breasts that have not given milk,” it is God’s womb to which it is referring. Therefore, in this saying, “he who was not born of woman” is the one who was born from the womb of God, the one who was created as spirit, not as flesh. This one is God’s true creation.
There is an underlying message in this gospel, which is this: The laws of this world are not the laws of the Kingdom. What makes sense in one realm makes no sense in the other. From the viewpoint of each, the other is absurd. Throughout the text, we see this message repeated again and again.
“As luck may have it, William Duffy has just published a marvelous work on Thomas. It is a perfect balance between commenting on each Thomas logion and explaining the non-duality angle.”
Martijn Linssen, Gospel of Thomas scholar and linguist