Another interesting factoid about the Thomas Gospel is that Thomas Jefferson in an interesting way also “discovered” it – namely when he sat down and composed the book that is now known as The Jefferson Bible, he cut out the actual sayings of Jesus from the New Testament, and clearly he left out the surrounding stories and editorials for the most part, so that his selection focuses on what Jesus said, filtered only by Jefferson’s own common sense. Because the gospel writers were in turn quoting the Thomas gospel (and one other source, named “Q”), Jefferson’s selection bears a great deal of similarity to the Thomas Gospel. In retrospect this is really quite amazing, now that we have the actual Thomas Gospel itself.
What is interesting to the modern reader is that the Gospel of Thomas, reflects Jesus without (Christian) theology, and he sounds different than he does in later, Christian literature. After all, Christianity was invented after his death. In short, the Thomas Gospel, with Pursah’s selection being my favorite version, give you the closest thing to reading Jesus as he must have sounded originally. Gary’s books give the text new relevance through their connection to the modern spiritual teachings of A Course in Miracles. In 2008, I published my own book about it: Closing the Circle, Pursah’s Gospel of Thomas and A Course in Miracles.