Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and modern scholars trace all four to a single document. Certainly, they all tell virtually the same story. However, the Gospel of Thomas is, according to his words, the words of Jesus, not Thomas and virtually no one accepts the Gospel of Judas, though it has been scientifically authenticated to being from the period. As far as the "ant-nicean" church, Gnostics made up a large portion of early converts and some of the leadership of the early church. Also, regarding women,ladies and Gentlemen: The Gospel of Thomas - "(114) Simon Peter said to him, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life."
Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven." There is a similar story in Buddhism; the symbolism is that women who pursue true knowledge are every bit as worth a disciple as any man.
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