The Lost Way
The Gospel of Thomas was discovered near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, in 1945. It is one of two non-canonical gospels that Steve Patterson discusses in The Lost Way. Together with “Q,” the lost gospel behind the biblical gospels of Matthew and Luke, it opens a window onto a world of forgotten paths once trod in the earliest years of Christianity.
Thomas and Q don’t include a story of Jesus’ life. No miracles, no death, no resurrection. Instead, these gospels are collections of sayings attributed to him. According to Patterson, the followers of Jesus who created these gospels had a different conception of him than most modern Christians.
“Instead of thinking about Jesus as God, God’s son, or even a martyr, these early followers of Jesus considered him a great teacher who shared divine wisdom,” Patterson says. “I think that many will be surprised to learn that Jesus’ death and resurrection were not always the focus of Jesus’ followers. For many, it was Jesus’ words that made him significant.”
Patterson has spent his life considering the question, “Who was Jesus?” from the perspective of lost and forgotten writings not found in the Bible. He’s still intrigued by the pursuit and shares this dramatic story in “The Lost Way.”