Gospel of Thomas - Chapter 080

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Saying 79

(79) A woman from the crowd said to him, "Blessed are the womb which bore you and the breasts which nourished you."

He said to her, "Blessed are those who have heard the word of the father and have truly kept it. For there will be days when you will say, 'Blessed are the womb which has not conceived and the breasts which have not given milk.'"

This saying shows a reversal;

At first it is "Blessed is the womb that conceived..." which euphemistically is changed to :

"Cursed is the womb that conceived..."

Though this is fallacious reasoning to the Greek mind, Thomas is teaching that in the method of riddle, it is perfectly acceptable logic. The Hebrew would have understood this since it was part and parcel to their culture, but Thomas is explaining it to the Greek.

The woman was enamored with Jesus's teaching, but he predicted the day that the very same woman would be shouting "Crucify him".

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