The text is usually dated from around AD 140–200, although it reflects thought of even earlier periods.^64 As such it could present some accurate facts concerning Jesus.

In an incident similar to Jesus’ question at Caesarea Philippi,^65 reported in the synoptic Gospels, The Gospel of Thomasalso presents Jesus asking his disciples, “Compare me to someone and tell Me whom I am like.” They respond by describing him as an angel, a philosopher and as an indescribable personage.^66 In a later passage the disciples refer to Jesus as the consummation of the prophets (42:13–18).