Talk:Infancy Gospel of Thomas

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An unwarranted deletion discovered[edit]

On December 1 2005, User:Jamesmusik deleted the following: "The first known quote from its text is from Irenaeus of Lyon, ca 185, which sets a latest possible date of authorship." What statement of simple fact could be more colorlessly presented than this? This article needs to be monitored more closely for subtle vandalism. --Wetman 19:37, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

The article claims that the clay bird story found its way into the Qur'an[edit]

How do we know that the reverse is not true, just like with the claims that the Gospel of Barnabas is a forgery? Kirbytime 04:26, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

Chronology. --Wetman 16:03, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

Well, for one thing, Bart Ehrman in a lecture series he gives called ["History of the Bible: the Making of the New Testament Canon"], recorded for TTC, states the infancy gospel of Thomas dates from somewhere in the 2nd century (most likely guesstimate around the middle of that century)

He mentions the same gospel in ISBN:0195084810, stating:

One of the earliest is the Infancy Gospel of Thomas (not to be confused with the Coptic Gospel of Thomas discovered near Nag Hammadi), a document dated by some scholars to around the year 125 C.E. Here is a fascinating account of Jesus' youth beginning at the tender age of five. Behind the narrative lies a question that intrigues some Christians even today: if Jesus was a miracle-working Son of God as an adult, what was he like as a 'child? In this account, as it turns out, he is more than a little mischievous. When he first appears, he is making clay sparrows by a stream on the Sabbath. A Jewish man passing by sees what he has done and upbraids him for violating the Law by not keeping the Sabbath day holy. Instead of apologizing, the child Jesus claps his hands and tells the sparrows to be gone. They come to life and fly off, thereby destroying any evidence of wrongdoing!

the latter should more or less confirm what you're pulling into question here. Boombaard (talk) 22:15, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Edits and restorations[edit]

  • For a text that was mentioned by Irenaeus c. 185, the following is babble:"

The text cannot be precisely dated and the range of possible dates is extremely large. The latest possible date is that of the first manuscript, sometime in the 6th century AD. Few scholars accept a date near this end of the range." All that is useful in this, is the often-instanced instinct to make a non-canonical text late, even, as here, at the risk of nonsense.

  • Since the evidence for dating has been give, the following adds nothing: "While this is fairly supportive of a second century dating, it is by no means definitive." The evidence has not been characterized as "definitive".

The two episodes said to berepresented in the Quran need to be identified and translated. --Wetman 06:13, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

Content Reference[edit]

I referenced nearly the whole of the Content section to a site I found which was not a .com, but rather a .edu

The link is as follows: http://wesley.nnu.edu/Biblical_Studies/noncanon/gospels/inftoma.htm

I went for the Greek Text A, but not Greek Text B. As for the references from Greek Text B, I haven't looked around for that yet. Thank you. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 207.75.169.217 (talk) 15:55, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

Greek Text A, Greek Text B[edit]

The terms "Greek Text A" and "Greek Text B" are not defined in this article, nor elsewhere in Wikipedia. BillyPreset (talk) 17:35, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Seeing no further discussion, I am going to edit out the confusing references to "Greek Text A" and "Greek Text B". 173.168.212.159 (talk) 14:58, 6 December 2011 (UTC)