GOSPEL OF THOMAS
From "The Apocryphal New Testament"
GREEK TEXT B
M.R. James-Translation and Notes
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924
The Writing of the holy Apostle Thomas concerning the conversation of the Lord in his
I. I, Thomas the Israelite, have thought it needful to make known unto all the brethren
that are of the Gentiles the mighty works of childhood which our Lord Jesus Christ wrought when
he was conversant in the body, and came unto the city of Nazareth in the fifth year of his age.
II. 1 On a certain day when there had fallen a shower of rain he went forth of the house
where his mother was and played upon the ground where the waters were running: and he made
pools, and the waters flowed down, and the pools were filled with water. Then saith he: I will
that ye become clean and wholesome waters. And straightway they did so. 2 But a certain son of
Annas the scribe passed by bearing a branch of willow, and he overthrew the pools with the
branch, and the waters were poured out. And Jesus turned about and said unto him: O ungodly
and disobedient one, what hurt have the pools done thee that thou hast emptied them? Thou shalt
not finish thy course, and thou shalt be withered up even as the branch which thou hast in hand. 3
And he went on, and after a little he fell and gave up the ghost. And when the young children that
played with him saw it, they marvelled and departed and told the father of him that was dead.
And he ran and found the child dead, and went and accused Joseph.
III. 1 Now Jesus made of that clay twelve sparrows: and it was the Sabbath day. And a
child ran and told Joseph, saying: Behold, thy child playeth about the brook, and hath made
sparrows of the clay, which is not lawful. 2 And he when he heard it went and said to the child:
Wherefore doest thou so and profaneth the Sabbath? But Jesus answered him not, but looked
upon the sparrows and said: Go ye, take your flight, and remember me in your life. And at the
word they took flight and went up into the air. And when Joseph saw it he was astonished.
IV. 1 And after certain days, as Jesus passed through the midst of the city, a certain child
cast a stone at him and smote his shoulder. And Jesus said unto him: Thou shalt not finish thy
course. And straightway he also fell down and died. And they that were there were amazed,
saying: From whence is this child, that every word which he speaketh becometh a perfect work?
2 But they also departed and accused Joseph, saying: Thou wilt not be able to dwell with us in
this city: but if thou wilt, teach thy child to bless and not to curse: for verily he slayeth our
children: and every thing that he saith becometh a perfect work.
V. And as Joseph sat upon his seat, the child stood before him; and he took hold upon his
ear and pinched it sore. But Jesus looked upon him earnestly and said: It sufficeth thee.
VI. 1 And on the morrow he took him by the hand and led him to a certain teacher,
Zacchaeus by name, and said unto him: Take this child, O master, and teach him letters. And the
other said: Deliver him unto me, my brother, and I will teach him the scripture, and I will
persuade him to bless all men and not to curse them. 2 And when Jesus heard that he laughed and
said unto them: Ye speak that ye know, but I have knowledge more than you, for I am before the
worlds. And I know when the fathers of your fathers were begotten, and I know how many are
the years of your life. And every one that heard it was amazed. 3 And again saith Jesus unto
them: Marvel ye because I said unto you that I know how many are the years of your life? Of a
truth I know when the world was created. Behold, now ye believe me not: when ye shall see my
cross then will ye believe that I speak truth. And they were astonished when they heard all these
VII. 1 Now Zacchaeus wrote the alphabet in Hebrew, and saith unto him: Alpha. And the
young child said: Alpha. And again the master said: Alpha, and the young child likewise. Then
again the third time the master said: Alpha. Then Jesus looked upon the teacher and said: Thou
that knowest not the Alpha, how canst thou teach another the Beta? And the child beginning at
the Alpha said of his own accord the two and twenty letters. 2 And thereafter saith he: Hear, O
master the ordinance of the first letter, and know how many incomings and lines it hath, and
marks, common, going apart, and coming together. And when Zacchaeus heard such
designations of the one letter he was amazed and had nothing to answer; and turning about he
said unto Joseph: My brother, this child is of a truth not earthly born: take him away therefore
VIII. 1 And after these things one day Jesus was playing with other boys upon the top of
an house of two stories. And one child was pushed down by another and thrown down to the
ground and died. And the boys which were playing with him, when they saw it, fled, and Jesus
was left alone standing upon the roof whence the boy was thrown down. 2 And when the parents
of the boy that was dead heard of it they ran weeping, and when they found the boy lying dead
upon the earth and Jesus standing alone, they supposed that the boy had been thrown down by
him, and they looked upon him and reviled him. 3 But Jesus, seeing that, leaped down
straightway from the upper story and stood at the head of him that was dead and saith to him:
Zeno, did I cast thee down? Arise and tell. For so was the boy called. And with the word the
boy rose up and worshipped Jesus and said: Lord, thou didst not cast me down, but when I was
dead thou didst make me alive.
IX. 1 And a few days after one of the neighbours was cleaving wood and did cut off the
sole of his foot with the axe, and by loss of blood was at the point to die. 2 And much people ran
together and Jesus came thither with them. 3 And he took hold on the foot of the young man that
was smitten, and healed him forthwith, and saith unto him: Arise, cleave thy wood. And he arose
and worshipped him, giving thanks, and cleft the wood. Likewise also all they that were there
marvelled and gave thanks unto him.
X. Now when he was six years old, Mary his mother sent him to fetch water from the
spring: and as he went his pitcher was broken. And he went to the spring and spread out his
upper garment and drew water out of the spring and filled it and took it and brought back the
water to his mother. And when she saw it, was amazed and embraced him and kissed him.
XI. 1 And when he came to the eighth year of his age Joseph was required by a certain
rich man to build him a bed, for he was a carpenter. And he went forth into the field to gather
wood, and Jesus also went with him. And he cut two beams of wood and wrought them with the
axe, and set one beside the other and measured and found it too short; and when he saw that he
was vexed and sought to find another. 2 But Jesus seeing it saith unto him: Set these two
together so that the ends of both be even. And Joseph, though he was perplexed concerning this,
what the child should mean, did that which was commanded. And he saith again unto him: Take
firm hold of the short beam. And Joseph took hold on it, marvelling. Then Jesus also took hold
of the other end and pulled the [other] end thereof and made it also equal to the other beam, and
saith unto Joseph: Be no more vexed, but do thy work without hindrance. And he when he saw it
was exceedingly amazed and said within himself: Blessed am I for that God hath given me such a
son. 3 And when they departed into the city Joseph told it to Mary, and she when she heard and
saw the wonderful mighty works of her son rejoiced, glorifying him with the Father and the Holy
Spirit now and for ever and world without end. Amen.
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