Therefore, when it was eventide, Yeshua, being the eldest of his brethren, gathered
to himself his mother Miriam and with her also were his brothers Judas Thomas, James,
Joses and Simon, and of his sisters there were Judith, Esther, and Sarah.
Summary: The twin brother of Yeshua, Judas Thomas is most often referred to in scripture
as Thomas Didymus. Raised by their mother (Miriam) and step-father (Joseph), the
twins never new their biological father, who was a Roman soldier named Pensius (AZC
— Virgin Birth). While the relationship between Thomas and Yeshua in their early
years was often challenged, the two became closer as adults. Thomas was numbered
among the apostles and included among those who communed with Yeshua after his resurrection
Aside from the initial listing of Yeshua’s siblings (Y:3:7), Thomas isn’t mentioned
in scripture until the evening prior to Yeshua’s arrest. After Yeshua alludes to
his own death, Thomas speaks to the apostles, saying: “Come, let us also go, that
we may die with him” (Y:45:70). This account differs from that found in the New Testament
book of John (11:16), in which the statement is made with regard to returning to
Judea, following the death of Lazarus.
When Thomas hears reports of Yeshua’s resurrection, he is skeptical, stating: “Except
I shall see for myself the print of the nails in his hands and feet to put forth
my finger into them; and except I put forth my hand into his side, I will not believe”
(Y:48:49). Later, when Thomas sees and touches the resurrected Yeshua, he declares
his belief (Y:48:50-54).
Not only was Thomas counted among the five hundred who witnessed Yeshua’s post-resurrectional
address, he was included among the select group of apostles who were taught in secret
the mysteries of gnosis (Y:52:33-38). Thomas was appointed by Yeshua to collect into
a book the teachings of the Master, to become the “first of gospels spread throughout
the world” (Y:52:40).
Azrael’s Commentary - Virgin Birth; para. 12-14
[...] The seasons passed and Miriam delivered, giving birth to twin sons. The first
son was named Yeshua, and the second son was named Judas Thomas. The young family
lived in Jerusalem for a year after the birth of the twins. When Joseph finished
his work in Jerusalem, he took his family to Nazareth. No one in Nazareth ever knew
that Miriam was the daughter of their most infamous rabbi. No one ever knew about
the prostitution, or of anything else. One day Joseph simply returned with his young
family in tow.
Joseph and Miriam were a very happy and loving couple. At the ages of ten, Joseph
began teaching his sons the trade of carpentry. Yeshua was a natural born carpenter.
But Thomas was not. The twins were as different from each other as night and day.
As a child, Yeshua was always bright and cheerful. He was always anxious to please
his parents. And he loved to talk scriptures and the law with his mother.
But Thomas was a dark and brooding child. He was always causing trouble in Nazareth.
The relationship between Yeshua and Thomas was always difficult. Thomas seemed to
have a mean streak, Yeshua did not. They grew up together in Nazareth, and Joseph
and Miriam had many more children. Yeshua seemed to possess his mother’s gentle nature,
while Thomas possessed the nature of his natural father, the Roman soldier named
47. So the disciples went out unto all the countryside, telling all the disciples
which they met the things which they saw and heard of the Lord.
48. But Thomas Didymus, when it was told him of these things, he would not believe,
but spoke instead, saying:
49. “Except I shall see for myself the print of the nails in his hands and feet to
put forth my finger into them; and except I put forth my hand into his side, I will
50. Now when eight days were passed, the disciples were yet again in the upper room,
and Thomas Didymus was with them. Then came the Lord again unto them, saying: “Peace
be upon you.”
51. And seeing Thomas in the midst of them, the Lord called unto him, saying: “Come,
Thomas, and stretch forth your finger and behold my hands and feet.
52. Stretch forth your hands unto me and thrust into my side, that you may not be
faithless any longer, but believing.”
53. And Thomas, kneeling before the Master, said: “My Lord and my God.”
54. Yeshua answered him, saying: “Thomas, because you have seen me, you have believed:
blessed are they which see not but have believed already.”
And unto the twin brother of Yeshua was it appointed that he should gather into one
book, even all the words which Yeshua spoke in teaching the things of God; becoming
itself the first of gospels spread throughout the world.
Thus was there given unto Cephas, even all the teachings which Yeshua spoke publicly,
from the baptism of John to the betrayal of Judas; while unto his brothers Thomas
Didymus and James was there given the post-resurrectional teachings which Yeshua
taught in secret regarding the very gnosis.
Which gnosis even Yeshua did reveal to those apostles which he did gather secretly
around him after the day of his resurrection, both of men and women. And over the
gnosis did he place his brothers Thomas and James, and Mary the Beloved also, being
herself proclaimed and anointed to be the first Sophia of many mothers.