1. The Jesus Seminar
1. This first meeting of the Jesus Seminar is briefly discussed by one of the participants, Marcus J. Borg, in a recent book, Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship (Valley Forge: Trinity Press International, 1994). The quotations are from an excerpt of Robert Funk's address to the assembled group (ibid., p. 161).
2. See discussion in the Introduction to The Five Gospels, 35-37.
3. See James M. Robinson, ed., The Nag Hammadi Library in English, 3rd revised edition (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988). The Gospel of Thomas is the second of seven tractates preserved in NH Codex II (NHLE 124-38). Greek fragments of three different copies of Gos. Thom. were found at Oxyrhynchus in Upper Egypt in 1897 and 1904 (P. Oxy. 1; P. Oxy. 654; P. Oxy 655). For a critical edition of the Coptic and Greek versions see Bentley Layton, ed., Nag Hammadi Codex II,2-7 (Nag Hammadi Studies 20; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1989) 1: 38-128.
4. These figures appear on p. 5 of The Five Gospels. At the end of the book there is an index of red- and pink-letter sayings (pp. 549-553).
5. It should be noted that the results of the Jesus Seminar's work do not reflect unanimity; many of the same sayings got red votes from some and black votes from others. Thus, it cannot be assumed that all of the scholars listed in the Roster of the Fellows of the Jesus Seminar (The Five Gospels, 533-37) agree with everything presented in the commentaries to individual pericopes. The presence of their names in the roster, on the other hand, would seem to require them to bear some responsibility for the published results.