By Carol Dearborn, 1988
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|Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven
1 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these sayings, he departed from Galilee,
and came into the coasts of Judaea beyond Jordan;
2 And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.
3 The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man
to put away his wife for every cause?
4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the
beginning made them male and female,
5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife:
and they twain shall be one flesh?
6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let
not man put asunder.
7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put
8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away
your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall
marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit
10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.
11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.
12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and
there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs,
which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is
able to receive it, let him receive it.
(22) Jesus saw some infants who were being suckled. He said to his disciples: These infants
being suckled are like those who enter the kingdom. They said to him: If we then become
children, shall we enter the kingdom? Jesus said to them: When you make the two one, and
when you make the inside as the outside, and the outside as the inside, and the upper as the
lower, and when you make the male and the female into a single one, so that the male is
not male and the female not female, and when you make eyes in place of an eye, and a
hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then
shall you enter [the kingdom].
(37) His disciples said: On what day will you be revealed to us, and on what day shall we see
you? Jesus said: When you unclothe yourselves and are not ashamed, and take your
garments and lay them beneath your feet like the little children (and) trample on them,
then [you will see] the Son of the Living One, and you will not be afraid.
(114) Simon Peter said to them: Let Mary go out from among us, for women are not worthy of
the life. Jesus said: Look, I will lead her that I may make her male, in order that she too
may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who makes
herself male will enter into the kingdom of heaven.
The Gospel of Thomas is often called the “Fifth Gospel.” There is a growing consensus
among scholars that the Gospel of Thomas – discovered over a half century ago in the
Egyptian desert – dates to the very beginnings of the Christian era and may well have taken
first form before any of the four traditional canonical Gospels. Indeed, the Gospel of Thomas
resembles the synoptic sayings source, often called “Q”, which was the common source of
sayings used by Matthew and Luke.