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Early Christian Texts: The Bible and Beyond

Early Christian Texts: The Bible and Beyond

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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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After Jesus Before Christianity: New Discoveries

This online course, presented by Dr. Shirley Paulson and Dr. Deborah N. Saxon will help you gain a better understanding of early Jesus people.

Available through the People’s Catholic Seminary.

Learn more about the course here.

Healing Violence in the World: Letter of Peter to Philip

Healing Violence in the World: Letter of Peter to Philip, the second course in our Nag Hammadi series, explores some of the practical and enduring ideas the early Christ people had about facing violence.

Presenters Dr. Shirley Paulson and her co-instructor, Dr. Hal Taussig, guide you through some surprising new ideas about Jesus in this little-known text, the Letter of Peter to Philip. Available on Udemy!

Learn more about the course here.

The Gospel of Thomas Goes Public

The Gospel of Thomas Goes Public is the first course in the Nag Hammadi series.

Presenters Dr. Shirley Paulson and her co-instructor, Dr. Hal Taussig, explain the complex but extremely important relationship between the recently discovered Gospel of Thomas and the Bible, and help learners gain confidence in their own ability to interpret and make use of the text.  Sign up and purchase on Udemy.

Learn more about the course here.

Ancient Christian Texts for Modern Healing

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! Sign up and purchase on Udemy.

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

Bible and Beyond Discussions
Monday Textual Studies

Once a month, at 8–9 pm Eastern Time on Monday nights (generally the fourth of the month), Dr. Hal Taussig presents an online discussion of one of the early Christ movement texts.  These discussions, hosted by Shirley Paulson, PhD, begin with a well-framed overview of the particular text, and then participants ask questions and share their own insights about the meanings and potential for these texts.

Events Related to the NEW Book, Illuminating the Secret Revelation of John: Catching the Light

Conference Presentations and Similar Events

Ancient Christian Texts for Healing (A PCS Forum Event)

Presented by Dr. Shirley Paulson

Date: May 12, 2022 – 7:00 pm EDT

Online (Zoom) and Free
Printable Flyer is here.

Illuminating the Secret Revelation of John: Catching the Light

The Book by Shirley Paulson

The Secret Revelation of John was probably written around the same time some of the later books of the Bible took shape, but it was lost and buried around the 4th century. Although it was hidden throughout most of Christian history, its message seems especially relevant today because it appeared at a time somewhat like our own. Shirley Paulson introduces readers to the ancient text in her new book, Illuminating the Secret Revelation of John: Catching the Light.

Learn more here!

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 Articles

The Bible and Beyond articles take readers beyond the surface of some of their favorite ancient texts, to show what’s happening behind the scenes and why these writings can be so meaningful to us today. Some texts are obscure, and few people know about them. Others are well known, but their meaning remains a mystery.

Bible and Beyond Presentations

Introductory and In-Depth Online or In-Person Presentations by Shirley Paulson, PhD

The Bible and Beyond Presentation series offers courses and workshops designed for use by churches, conferences, and organizations. Providing a unique opportunity for participants to experience introductory or in-depth classes on various aspects of early Christian texts, the presentations can be offered in-person or online. The combination of Shirley Paulson’s experience with healing, scholarship, and research in Practical Theology evokes ever-new questions and conversations based on ancient texts. Shirley has nearly two decades of experience presenting lectures, classes, and workshops on early texts. Learn more about the variety of presentations offered.

Bible and Beyond Presentations

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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