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Those who have immersed themselves in these texts have been strengthened, shocked, inspired, and healed by relating to them. They contain extraordinary gems of wisdom, but also challenge preconceived notions about what it meant and what it means to identify as a follower of Jesus.

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Ancient Christian Texts for Modern Healing is an introduction to early Christian writings and their challenges or promises for transforming the world.  This course is offered through the website, Udemy. There are plans to offer many more!

Taught by Shirley Paulson, PhD, the introduction course provides a good foundation for continued study.  Learn more about the course here.

For more about Early Christian Texts, visit the About page.

Early Christian Texts Discussions

Once a month, at 8–9 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday nights (generally the fourth of the month), the Tanho Center sponsors a presentation and discussion of one of the early Christ movement texts.  Each Monday session is led by a trained scholar of these texts.  Discussion leaders will share a well-framed overview of the particular text, and give time for all participants to ask questions or share their own insights about the meanings and potential for these texts.

Conference Presentations and Similar Events

Title: "How Do Early Followers of Jesus Speak to Us Today?" Type: 45-minute Presentation Date: May 17, 2020 Rescheduled for September 27, 2020 Where:  Clearview Home Description:  Jesus's followers had to figure out what to do when he was no longer there to guide them. Their prayers and actions inspire our discipleship today.

Title: "Heart-to-Heart Conversations with Christian Neighbors" Type: One Week Course, Principia Summer Session Date: June 8-12, 2020 Rescheduled for Summer 2021 Where: Principia College in Elsah, Illinois Description:  This five hour course, covers basic ecumenical ideas and practices. Registration for the Summer Session required in order to attend.

Title: "Women Who Followed Jesus" Type: One-hour Presentation Date: June 10, 2020 Rescheduled for Summer 2021 Where: Principia College in Elsah, Illinois Description:  This one-hour presentation is a first-person enactment of eight women throughout Christian history who devoted their lives to following Jesus.

The Bible and Beyond Blog

The Bible and Beyond blog explores historical and spiritual questions about Jesus, women, salvation, healing, the meaning of life, and where Christianity came from. This blog opens the conversation that will help all writers and readers unlock some of the mysteries from extra-canonical books, forgotten scriptures, so-called “gnostic” gospels, and the Bible.  Read Shirley Paulson’s introductory post here.

The Bible and Beyond Podcast

The Bible and Beyond podcast is a series of interviews with scholars who are able to unlock mysteries from extra-canonical books, forgotten scriptures, so-called ‘gnostic’ gospels, as well as the Bible. Host Shirley Paulson, Ph.D., and her guests explore historical and spiritual questions about Jesus, gender, women, salvation, healing, and the meaning of life. The discoveries these scholars share don’t always fit with what we’ve been told, but time and again they lead us toward a deeper intimacy with Jesus.

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