Reviews in European Journal of Theology

by P.J. Williams

Nicholas Perrin, Thomas and Tatian: The Relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and the Diatessaron, Atlanta, 2002. Reviewed in EJT 13:2 (2004) 139-40.

Summary of review:

'Perrin offers an original thesis that the Gospel of Thomas comes from the last quarter of the second century and was dependent on Tatian's Diatessaron. Most of the book is taken up with establishing that the Gospel of Thomas was originally composed in Syriac and that almost every saying is linked to its adjacent sayings by catchwords, which Perrin reconstructs in Syriac. The problem with these reconstructions is that Perrin allows himself too much licence in reconstruction and consequently many of the catchwords can result from scholarly imagination. In its present form the argument cannot be said to be sustained.' (from EJT, p. 139)

Hans-Josef Klauck, Apocryphal Gospels: An Introduction, London, 2003. Reviewed in EJT 15:1 (2006) 8081.

Summary of review:

'This translation of Klauck's German original offers us an authoritative survey of so-called apocryphal gospels. Dealing with material of diverse types and from a variety of periods, the treatment here is both judicious and informative. Klauck divides the material into twelve categories, and includes treatment of isolated sayings, fragmentary texts and some texts that, while inspired by other gospels, are not gospels at all, such as treatments of the end of Mary's life and the 'anti-Gospel' Toledoth Yeshu. In contrast to some sensationalist claims Klauck explicitly denies the independence of the Gospel of Philip from the New Testament and sees some dependence of the Gospel of Thomas on the synoptic tradition.' (from EJT, p. 80)