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Holy terror : Jesus in the infancy Gospel of Thomas

Author: J R C Cousland
Publisher: London ; New York : T&T Clark, 2019. ©2018
Series: Library of New Testament studies, 560.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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The Infancy Gospel of Thomas (or Paidika) is one of the most unusual gospels in the Christian tradition. Instead of revealing the compassionate Jesus so familiar to us from the biblical Gospels, it confronts its readers with a very different Jesus - a child who sometimes acts like a holy terror, killing and harming others for trifling faults. So why is Jesus portrayed as acting in such an 'unchristian' fashion? To  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Cousland, J.R.C.
Holy terror.
New York : Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2017
(DLC) 2017032155
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: J R C Cousland
ISBN: 9780567668189 0567668185 9780567668196 0567668193 9780567668172 0567668177
OCLC Number: 1001287980
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 148 pages)
Contents: Table of Contents --
Preface --
1. Introduction --
2. Jesus the Holy Terror --
3. Jesus as Child --
4. Jesus the Divine: The Christology of the Paidika --
5. The Paidika's Jesus in Context --
6. Conclusion --
7. Bibliography --
Index
Series Title: Library of New Testament studies, 560.
Responsibility: J.R.C. Cousland.

Abstract:

The Infancy Gospel of Thomas (or Paidika) is one of the most unusual gospels in the Christian tradition. Instead of revealing the compassionate Jesus so familiar to us from the biblical Gospels, it confronts its readers with a very different Jesus - a child who sometimes acts like a holy terror, killing and harming others for trifling faults. So why is Jesus portrayed as acting in such an 'unchristian' fashion? To address this question, Cousland focuses on three interconnected representations of Jesus in the Paidika: Jesus as holy terror, as child, and as miracle-working saviour. Cousland endeavours to show that, despite the differing character of these three roles, they present a unified picture. Jesus' unusual behaviour arises from his 'growing pains' as a developing child, who is at the same time both human and divine. Cousland's volume is the first detailed examination of the Christology of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and provides a fresh and engaging approach to a topic not often discussed in representations of Jesus

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