Jesus' Twin

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Jesus' Twin

A Dialogue with the Gospel of Thomas

In Jesus' Twin, a scholar shares his personal reflections into the Gospel of Thomas offering a learned, accessible introduction as well as inspiring insights into these ancient texts that have long stirred curiosity and inquiry.

James Heisig, who has read and studied the texts throughout his distinguished career as a scholar and teacher of religions, shows that the reasons for excluding the Gospel of Thomas from the Christian tradition are largely meaningless for us today. After more than half a century of concerted dialogue with other traditions, we are in a better position to recognize that not every alter Jesus is a Jesus alias. At the same time, attention to the spiritual demands being made on Christianity by our present age helps draw us more deeply into the text itself and control the tendency to immunize ourselves against its discomforts, whether through the distractions of scholarly disputation or the preoccupation with preserving orthodoxy.


Living an authentic spiritual life is never easy. We need all the help we can get. So a faithful community, sacred texts that inspire us and guide us, acts of worship and prayer that will sustain us, and spiritual experiences that can enlighten us and deepen our beliefs are all critical disciplines. Discovering a text that illumines our understanding of who Jesus was and what he said becomes another potent force in our soul’s growth. Professor James Heisig provides a new set of lenses for seeing Jesus through the text of the Gospel of Thomas. For many this vision will be a spiritual revelation of the first order, not unlike reading the Bible for the first time, when the eyes have been opened.  Additionally our wise guide, Professor Heisig, has the ability to place this controversial text in the midst of scholarly concerns while keeping his eyes on the prize, our personal spiritual edification. As he walks us through the intellectual and spiritual landscape that surrounds this ancient text we find that his insight into the actual sayings of Jesus in this gospel have to the ability to transform our understanding of what a sacred text can offer. In his capable hands Professor Heisig has given us a book for all ages, all generations, and all people of faith.

Reviews and endorsements

“This is not just another book on the Gospel of Thomas. Heisig leads us in a meditation on this Gospel and invites us to discover that it is ‘a bridge to a multi-religious spirituality,’ and that ‘our image of Jesus is …impoverished without the Jesus that we meet in the Gospel of Thomas.’ He succeeds splendidly!” 

—Paul F. Knitter, Paul Tillich Emeritus Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture, Union Theological Seminary

Paperback / 180 pages
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25