The Gospel of Thomas (also known as the Coptic Gospel of Thomas) is a non-canonical sayings gospel. It was discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in December 1945 among a group of books known as the Nag Hammadi library. Scholars speculate that the works were buried in response to a letter from Bishop Athanasius declaring a strict canon of Christian scripture.
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The city of Jerusalem had twelve gates, each with a significance in the daily life and historical experience of natural Jerusalem. Each gate has a spiritual counterpart, for they are a "shadow" of the reality that was to come (H. :5; 10:1; R. 1:10-13). Each gate in the New Jerusalem is a single pearl (Re. 21:21). Jesus is the pearl of great price (M. 3:45-46) and the only entrance into the City (J. 0:9; 14:6). Each gate therefore depicts aspects of the finished work of the Cross of Christ, outworked in our experience. Eliashib the high priest and his fellow.
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twelve δώδεκα (dōdeka) Adjective - Accusative Masculine Plural Strong's Greek 1427: Twelve; the usual way in which the Twelve apostles of Jesus are referred to. From duo and deka; two and ten, . gates πυλῶνας (pylōnas) Noun - Accusative Masculine Plural Strong's Greek 4440: From pule; a gate-way, door-way of a building or city; by implication, a portal or vestibule. These foundations are set forth by twelve sorts of precious stones, denoting the variety and excellence of the doctrines of the gospel, or of the graces of the Holy Spirit, or the personal excellences of the Lord Jesus Christ. Heaven has gates; there is a free admission to all that are sanctified; they shall not find themselves shut out.
Several passages in the Gospel of the Holy Twelve relate to the equality of women. These two passages bear a remarkable similarity to several sayings in the Gospel of Thomas which was found by archeologists in a Gnostic library in the neighborhood of Nag-Hamadi in upper Egypt in 1949. 22) Jesus saw children who were being suckled. He said to his disciples: These children who are being suckled are like those who enter the Kingdom