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Seek to See Him

Ascent and Vision Mysticism in the Gospel of Thomas



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Seek to See Him by April D Deconick
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In Seek to See HimApril DeConick argues that the Gospel of Thomas,contrary to the way Thomas is normally understood,does not originate fromgnostic traditions.Instead, she proposesthat Thomas is best explained by Hermeticand Second Temple Jewish mystical traditions.DeConick substantiates her proposal by first examining the developmental stages of the Gospel of Thomas, questioning the classification of Thomas as gnostic on the basis of Thomas' dualism andhisspeculation about original sin.DeConick carefully delineatesthe difference between Thomas' and gnosticviews of the world and of salvationbeforegoing on to demonstratethecrucialrole of purification, heavenly ascent,and visio dei--final transformation through an experience of seeing God--in this Gospel.In the end, DeConick shows that Thomas is best explainedas arising from the fusion of Jewish Mysticism and Hermetic praxis and not as being shaped by gnostic traditions.

Author Biography

April D. DeConick is Chair of the Department of Religion and Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Rice University (Houston, Texas). She specializes in early Christian history and theology, noncanonical Gospels, and gnostic and mystical traditions, and she was an editor of Baylor University Press' Israel's God and Rebecca's Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity.
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July 15th, 2017
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United States
Baylor University Press
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