The Mustard Seed: The Revolutionary Teachings of Jesus: Commentaries on the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/7
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This timely book explores the wisdom of the Gnostic Jesus, who challenges our preconceptions about the world and ourselves. Based on the Gospel of Thomas, the book recounts the missing years in Jesus life and his time in Egypt and India, learning from Egyptian secret societies, then Buddhist schools, then Hindu Vedanta. Each of Jesus' original sayings is the "seed" for a chapter of the book; each examines one aspect of life birth, death, love, fear, anger, and more counterpointed by Osho s penetrating comments and responses to questions from his audience."
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In some places the two depart, but Osho interprets in a convincing way the sometimes difficult sayings of the man Jesus. Whether or not you accept the Gospel of Thomas contains the actual words of Jesus, this book is a critical, witty, irreverent and at times sardonic account of religion, and is highly recommended. You won't find the Gospel of Thomas in the New Testament, and Burton Mack explains why in his book Who Wrote The New Testament?
This book, like the gospel itself in Meyer's translation, is recommended if you have ever wondered what the kingdom of heaven is like. It also contains some hilarious jokes.
What I dislike are Osho's irrelevant opinions about thinkers such as Freud and Jung whom he clearly dislikes. Likewise he describes New York as "neurotic" as if it's a terrible place. His opinion, irrelevant to the interpretation of the gospel, and I disagree. Also, he suggests one must learn with a master to become enlightened. Why? Read Tribe's book for a different view. Nor does the gospel suggest this- in fact, if the kingdom of heaven is within you, you are not going to find it through anybody else. So I think Osho's claim is contradicted by the gospel itself.
But, all in all, an excellent book.
I bought this book in kindle edition and read on my iPad. Formatting and readability is excellent.