COMMENT ON REFERENCE TO GOSPEL OF THOMAS
Dr ROBERT GILBERT


My only comment is that I am unaware of ANY evidence (and wishful thinking by scholars with agendas does not constitute evidence) that the Gospel of Thomas predates the 2nd century, and very little to justify it being earlier than very late in the 2nd century. I don't think that we help our case for the historicity of the Gospels by giving unwarranted prominence to any of the 'Gnostic' or other apocryphal gospels. The early church fathers did not establish the canon foolishly or with malignant intent to suppress supposedly inconvenient 'truths' and I can see no merit in rightly condemning 'married Jesus' speculations while supporting equally flimsy claims to the early date of Thomas.

Even if the Gospel of Thomas does include otherwise unrecorded sayings of Jesus that can reasonably be accepted as genuine, all that it shows is the strength of oral tradition - which doesn't preclude those sayings from having been written down some 150 years after they were uttered.