Doubting Thomas

Doubting Thomas

Glenn W. Most

About the disciple often called Doubting Thomas, we all know at the very least this a lot: he caught his finger into the risen Jesus’ wounds. Or did he? A clean examine the Gospel of John finds how little we may possibly rather comprehend approximately this so much complicated of biblical figures, and what sort of we would examine from the unusual twists and turns Thomas’s tale has taken over time.

From the recent testomony, Glenn W. such a lot lines Thomas’s variations in the course of the centuries: as Gnostic saint, missionary to India, paragon of Christian orthodoxy, hero of skepticism, and damaging instance of doubt, blasphemy, stupidity, and violence. Rife with paradoxes and tensions, those inventive adjustments by the hands of storytellers, theologians, and artists let us know greatly concerning the advanced kinfolk among texts and their interpretations―and approximately religion, love, own id, the physique, and twins, between different matters.

Doubting Thomas starts with an in depth analyzing of bankruptcy 20 of the Gospel of John, set opposed to the conclusions of the opposite Gospels, and ends with a close research of the portray of this topic by means of Caravaggio, atmosphere it in the pictorial traditions of overdue antiquity, the center a while, and the Renaissance. alongside the way in which, such a lot considers narrative reactions to John’s account through storytellers of assorted non secular persuasions, and Christian theologians’ interpretations of John 20 from the second one century advert until eventually the Counter-Reformation. His paintings indicates how Thomas’s tale, in its many guises, touches upon principal questions of faith, philosophy, hermeneutics, and, now not least, life.

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