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For many readers, the phrase “tree of life” will immediately evoke thoughts of the garden of Eden. Charles Echols has situated this tree for us among other life-giving trees and plants mentioned in a variety of ancient Near Eastern texts, and Amy Balogh has explored the iconographical context

In: The Tree of Life

addressees add, “And we are the elect of the living father.” As I have argued in the previous chapter (p. 125), ⲛⲙⲟⲛⲁⲭⲟⲥ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲉⲧⲥⲟⲧⲡ, “the unique and elect,” in Gos. Thom. 49:1 is clearly a hendiadys. In a similar fashion, “the children of the light” and “the elect of the living father” in Gos. Thom. 50:2 can

In: The Gospel of Thomas and Plato