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Going places with bodies that can seek and find, eyes that can see, and ears that can hear: Some remarks on the body and understanding in the Gospel of Thomas

J. Liebenberg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 58, No 4 | a722 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v58i4.722 | © 2002 J. Liebenberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 October 2002 | Published: 27 October 2002

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J. Liebenberg, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

This article discusses the role which “the body” plays in the Gospel of Thomas. Despite the fact that Thomas has often been regarded as “Gnostic, it is interesting to note that significant sayings within the Gospel (referring to “revelation”) involve the body, while there are also a number of sayings which are distinctly anti-material – most notably GTh 17. The article uses the insights of second generation Cognitive Linguistics and the role of primary metaphors to explain this anomaly.

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