if you want to experience what he meant
saying - 66; the true teaching rejected.
(latest text correction: 11-11-2018)
Show (explain to) me (about) the stone
which the builders have rejected.
That one is the cornerstone.
According to the canonical gospels Jesus refers here to himself, his magnificent
state and his grandiose historical importance. However, such interpretation would go
totally against the grain of what Thomas' Jesus breathes, and is without doubt a later,
Christological interpretation. Jesus does not talk about himself as
being of any importance, he only tries to deliver a message; he is the messenger,
a servant of the kingdom, not of the Hebrew God and His regulations, who favors one people
over all others whose are consequently considered less worth than that of cattle,
and who additionally favors some elite classes of people within His chosen people,
who He allows, based on His laws, to consider their fellowmen of less value than the beasts.
Such religion or tradition or whatever you may call it not only divides people, but sets them up
against each other; we against them, we are in and they are out and should stay there,
devaluating each other and eventually killing each other.
Who today would favor such system? But let us face the historical fact of it, and understand
Jesus' position as consequently vehemently opposing a teaching that had resulted in
the appalling human consequences as he met them during his time. Jesus opposed the
anthropomorphic selfishness projected onto the divine, and instead sought to bring people
together on the basis of egalitarianism; he was a unifier, not a divider of people (saying-72).
He must have been a great mind with a deep compassion for all people. However, it did not fit
the system and has not fit the system for centuries, and the question is whether it ever will.
Using this simile from Psalm 118, Jesus laments about the way his teachings were
being received. The woes uttered against Galilean cities (Luke 10:12-15; Mt 11:20-24)
are at least illustrative of the failure of Jesus’ message in his own native area; it was not
the individual search for the Kingdom of Heaven as Jesus had preached it, but the collective
acceptance of the crucified and raised redeemer Christ myth that eventually kept the
remembrance of the man Jesus alive.
People are inclined to believe all kinds of things.
However, they not only just neglect, but actively reject the one right teaching because
they do not recognize it. Jesus' was a teaching of the equality of all human beings,
whether Jew or Gentile, man or woman, elite or peasant.
Plisch (2008) comments that, although Jesus quotes from the OT, the OT is not a
theological text of reference for the gospel of Thomas. But at least it shows that Jesus
was not unfamiliar with it.
Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20.:17.