098 The Pearl

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(1) Thom 76:1
(2) Matt 13:45-46

Crossan analysis:

Item: 098
Stratum: I (30-60 CE)
Attestation: Double
Historicity: +
Common Sayings Tradition: No


(1) Thom 76:1

Jesus said, The Father's imperial rule is like a merchant who had a supply of merchandise and then found a pearl. 2 That merchant was prudent; he sold the merchandise and bought the single pearl for himself. 3 "So also with you, seek his treasure that is unfailing, that is enduring, where no moth comes to eat and no worm destroys." [Complete Gospels]

No copies of this portion of Thomas survive in Greek. For the Coptic version see [Early Christian Writings]

(2) Matt 13:45-46

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Πάλιν ὁμοία ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν ἀνθρώπῳ ἐμπόρῳ ζητοῦντι καλοὺς μαργαρίτας· εὑρὼν δὲ ἕνα πολύτιμον μαργαρίτην ἀπελθὼν πέπρακεν πάντα ὅσα εἶχεν καὶ ἠγόρασεν αὐτόν. (Matthew 13:45–46 GNT-T)