SEMINAR: The Kabbalistic Words of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas: Recovering the Inner-Circle Teachings of Yeshua.
Oral transmission of mystical knowledge concerning the inner meaning of Scripture was known as kabbalah, “receiving” that which was spoken from the mouth of the teacher into the ear of the disciple. Scholars can restore much of the kabbalistic tradition of Yeshua’s era through sources like the Sepher Yetzirah, Sepher Ha-Razim, and the haggadah preserved in the Mishna, Babylonian and Palestinian Talmud, and the vast literature of the inter-testamental period known loosely as the Apocrypha and Pseudeipigrapha of the Old Testament. These were the Holy Scriptures of Essenes, Zadokites, and other messianic Jews of the period, including Yeshua and his disciples. The Psalms they chanted in worship and Shabbat Seder were not just those of our Old Testament, but the messianic Psalms of Solomon and others preserved in Enochian and apocalyptic scripture. A study of this forgotten sacred literature allows modern scholars to reconstruct the oral kabbalah of Yeshua’s period.
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INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS