Early Christian Texts: The Bible and Beyond

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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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.

Conference Presentations and Similar Events

Title: Extraordinary Gems of Wisdom: A Conversation with Shirley Paulson, PhD
Presenter: Shirley Paulson, PhD
Presentation (via Zoom — Registration is Here)
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Time: 7:30 Eastern; 6:30 Central; 5:30 Mountain; 4:30 Pacific
By: Westar Enhanced Event in Conversation (Event is free but registration is required.)
Description: Paulson will discuss the value of reading apocryphal texts and how her forthcoming book demonstrates the importance of knowing them today. Her book, Illuminating the Secret Revelation of John: Catching the Light highlights the rich conversations among second-century Christians about the meaning of life, how evil happens, and how the Christian savior works.

Title: The Secret Revelation of John, a 2nd Century Healing Text
Presenter: Shirley Paulson, PhD
Type: Presentation (via Zoom — registration is here)
Date: July 22, 2021 — Facebook event page is here
Time: 6:00 pm Eastern (5:00 Central, 4:00 Mountain, 3:00 Pacific)
Where: Admiral Church, Seattle, WA
Description:  Buried for more than a thousand years in the sands of Egypt, the Secret Revelation of John has stayed a secret far longer than it should have. Even now, 75 years after its discovery in 1945, it eludes easy understanding even as it shines with the message of God’s loving presence amid suffering and pain. We will discuss the Secret Revelation of John’s three gems of healing wisdom that have been encrusted in a millennium of doubt and theological limitation.

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.

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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