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A logion (Greek λόγιον, plural: logia) describes an oral “utterance” that has been handed down in writing, ie a “saying” or “saying”. “Logion” has established itself in New Testament science as a generic literary name . Instead of the foreign word Jesuslogion , the terms Jesus word and Lord's word are also used.

Logia actually originating from Jesus, which are handed down in early Christian or early church scriptures, but not in any of the four canonical Gospels , are called Agrapha . An example is the saying "Giving is more blessed than receiving" ( Acts 20:35  EU ).

Also, the Thomas Gospel (EvThom), a apocryphal collection of proverbs and short dialogues is divided into 114 sayings. The structure of the Gospel of Thomas into logia and verse is a common order and orientation principle.

See also

  • Logia source Q , hypothetical collection of Jesus' words (1st century)

References and comments

  1. ^ Duden online: Logion
  2. Walter Bauer: Dictionary for the New Testament , 6th edition 1988, p. 967.
  3. Gerd Lüdemann: Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas. Reader for the workshop on June 28, 2004, Göttingen PDF; 258 kB, 38 pages accessed from Göttingen Society for Scientific Data Processing (GWDG)