This month, we looked at the plan for healing and salvation in the Secret Revelation of John. This ancient book is arguably the most important book in the Nag Hammadi Library. It appears three times in the entire collection and was well-known in antiquity, having spread at least as far as from France to central Egypt, probably farther. It’s the first Christian writing known to include a complete story of creation and salvation. Presenter: Dr. Shirley Paulson (with host Hilary Barner)
For those who want to hold power and authority over others, the value of this ancient text remains controversial, because it discusses the kind of freedom that offends authoritarian control.
Jesus is explaining it’s not a good thing that you’re going to have to do, Judas. But it’s part of what must happen for God to set the universe right. An interview with Dr. David Brakke.
Following up on the March 28, 2022, Bible and Beyond Discussion, our conversation on April 25 continued a study of articulations of Christ peoples’ consideration and elaboration of spiritual resurrection in the first two hundred years CE. Whereas the March study concentrated on the ways Paul’s letters and the Nag Hammadi “Treatise” laid out spiritual resurrection, in this discussion we expanded on notions of spiritual resurrection in passages about empty tombs and visions. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)
Wisdom is ideally prepared to save humanity from its sinful ways precisely because she is wise enough and experienced enough to understand all the tempting ways of the devil.
From then on, illness is associated with heresy, mostly because of the way it spreads. Diseases spread [when] you talk to somebody, and the ancients were aware of that type of dissemination. An interview with Dr. Jennifer Barry.
In the first two centuries, the early Jesus people understand resurrection of the body as a spiritual event -- ‘spiritual bodies’ is a key phrase. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)
This is an uncommon set of instructions in the face of grave danger, to say the least! It neither promises a miraculous escape, nor does it call for violence in return.
Thecla is willing to die, but she doesn’t patiently endure violence toward her. … So that’s a very different dynamic than what is often presented as the pattern that a good submissive woman should follow. An interview with Dr. Deborah Niederer Saxon.
This is the last of the four Bible and Beyond Discussion studies of the HarperOne book After Jesus Before Christianity. This discussion focuses on the 20th chapter of the book, appropriately called “Conclusion.” Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)