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Nag Hammadi Coptic Text Funk's Parallels
POxy654 2, GThom 2,
GThom 94, Luke 11:9-
13, Matt 7:7-11, Matt
21:18-22, John 15:16-17,
John 14:12-14, John
BLATZ LAYTON DORESSE 16:20-28, Mark 11:20-25,
GHeb 4b, DialSav 9-12,
(92) Jesus said: Seek, and (92) Jesus said, "Seek and 96 [92]. Jesus says: "Seek
DialSav 20.
you will find; but the things you (plur.) will find. Yet, and you will find! But the
you asked me in those days now I am willing to say the things you have asked me
and I did not tell you then, things which you used to about during these days and
now I desire to tell them, ask me about and which I which I have not told you
but you do not ask about did not say to you; and you up till now, I now want to
them. are not seeking them." tell you, so that you will not
have to seek them any

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Re Gerd Ludemann's Helmut Koester points out a parallel with John 16:4b-5: "Those things I did not tell
comment, perhaps the right you from the beginning when I was with you. Now I am going to the one who sent
time to ask questions and me, and none of you asks me, 'Where are you going?'" (Ancient Christian Gospels, p.
seek answers is when we are 121)
afraid to ask questions and J. D. Crossan writes: "As in the preceding instance, only the seek/find stich is
seek answers. If we are not present; but now it is accompanied by another saying whose meaning is not exactly
afraid, perhaps we do not clear. More significant for my own purpose is the fact that the stich's version here is
know what we are asking in imperative/future format and thus in the second person." (In Fragments, p. 100)
and, this being so, the
answer would be of little use Funk and Hoover write: "Just as Thom 2:2-4 is an expansion of the basic saying in
to us. In the search the 2:1, so here 92:2 is an editorial comment on 92:1: it apparently refers to Jesus' earlier
question and answer become, refusal to tell the disciples all his secret knowledge, coupled with the reprimand that
perhaps, two sides of the his current disciples are not seeking true knowledge. The editorial comment
same coin. undoubtedly refers to the knowledge (gnosis in Greek) that was important in this
- Brick in the wall branch of the Christian movement." (The Five Gospels, p. 521)
Readiness Gerd Ludemann writes: "This verse calls on the reader not to give up the search, even
- Thief37 though signs of neglect are becoming evident (v. 2b). Gnostic existence is grounded
in a 'religion of searching'." (Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 635)
The answers will be given to
us when we are ready [or in
an appropriate space] to hear
- R. Bowen

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