Apr. 10th, 2014

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 From Depuydt's analysis in the current HTR:
 
"I believe that there can only be one explanation for the complete dependence of 
the Text on the Gospel of Thomas: forgery. What other motive could there be for 
taking, for example, the text of the US Declaration of Independence, picking out a 
few phrases here and there, and changing a new resulting composite text slightly 
so that it says something different from what the original text says, perhaps even 
that the British actually won the war?"
 
This comparison may through some light on the persuasiveness of his argument:
 
"I believe that there can only be one explanation for the complete dependence of 
the Text on the Gospel of Thomas: forgery. What other motive could there be for 
taking, for example, the text of Mark, picking out a few phrases here and there, 
and changing a new resulting composite text slightly so that it says something
different from what the original text says, perhaps even that Jesus rose from the dead?"

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