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Holman Bible Dictionary

Thomas

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(thohm' uhss) Personal name from Hebrew meaning, “a twin.” One of the first twelve disciples of Jesus (Mark 3:18 ). The apocryphal book, The Acts of Thomas , uses the literal meaning of his name (“twin”) in making him the twin of Jesus Himself! His personality was complex, revealing a pessimism mixed with loyalty and faith (John 11:16 ). Thomas sought evidence of Jesus' resurrection (John 20:25 ), but when convinced of the miracle made an historic confession of faith (John 20:28 ). See Apocrypha, New Testament; Didymus; Disciples .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Thomas'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/t/thomas.html. 1991.

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