The depiction of the reaction of Thomas to the resurrection in chapter 20 of the Fourth Gospel satisfies the major criteria demanded by skeptics in connection with coming to belief. This article identifies these criteria from Sextus Empiricuss second-century compilation of Pyrrhonean tendencies.1 Its parallels with the Gospel suggest the Fourth Evangelist knew and engaged early formulations of skeptical tendencies. Interpreting elements of narrative episodes traditionally designated as misunderstandings in light of the Pyrrhonean connections supports the thesis that the evangelist intended to satisfy a skeptics criteria for belief.
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