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John and Thomas: Gospels in conflict? A study in Johannine characterization in light of the Thomas question. Christopher William Skinner

John and Thomas: Gospels in conflict? A study in Johannine characterization in light of the Thomas question.

Christopher William Skinner

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One recent development in American Thomasine studies is the hypothesis that the Fourth Gospel is a response to the Gospel of Thomas (or the ideas contained therein) and contains a significant polemic against the character known as Thomas. TheMoreOne recent development in American Thomasine studies is the hypothesis that the Fourth Gospel is a response to the Gospel of Thomas (or the ideas contained therein) and contains a significant polemic against the character known as Thomas. The proponents of this hypothesis conclude that this polemic is evidence of a conflict between the early communities associated with John and Thomas. This hypothesis, while highly complex, begins with a basic premise that can be falsified. Thomas is one example of an uncomprehending character in the Fourth Gospel. A detailed narrative study of the Fourth Gospel reveals a host of Johannine disciples (Thomas, Peter, Andrew, Philip, Judas [not Iscariot], and the disciples as a representative group) as well as non-disciples (Nicodemus, the Samaritan Woman, Mary, and Martha) that appear in an equally unflattering light where Jesus abilities, origins, mission, words, and deeds are concerned. This dissertation aims to challenge the assumption that the Fourth Gospel contains a polemic against the Gospel of Thomas, the Thomas-sayings tradition, or the community associated with Thomas by examining these uncomprehending characters.