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The Bible and Beyond Discussions Recording Archive

Monday Textual Study Archives

Once a month, at 8:00–9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday nights (generally the fourth of the month), Early Christian Texts hosts a presentation and discussion of one of the early Christian texts.  Dr. Hal Taussig generally leads the sessions by first sharing a well-framed overview of the particular subject and after that providing time for all participants to ask questions or share their own insights.

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2408, 2020

Thecla, Paul, Jesus, and Family

The earliest version of The Acts of Paul and Thecla explicitly picture her as never having submitted to a Roman death. This study will also continue with these themes, but we will also look substantially into the very experimental role she played in challenging traditional family values. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)

2707, 2020

The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (the Didache)

Thought of by many as the first community handbook written for communities of Christ and Jesus peoples, The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles has a fairly complicated organization and set of teachings. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)

2206, 2020

Gender Creativity and Problems in the Gospel of Thomas

Jesus himself in the Gospel of Thomas is not singly gendered, and is pictured more than once like the female divine Wisdom/Sophia. A close look at its whole teaches us much about the complexities of gender in the ancient Mediterranean world and our own. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)

106, 2020

Creativity in and Rejection of Hebrews

The creative metaphors for life in Jesus Christ in the Letter to the Hebrews are some of the most imaginative to come out of the first two centuries. But Hebrews has been mostly ignored by official Christendom. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)

2303, 2020

Many Jesuses or Just One? (Part II)

When we compare the Jesus in the Gospel of Mark with the Jesus in the Gospel of John, we notice many major differences. So many, in fact, that it raises the question of whether this is even the same Jesus! Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)

2402, 2020

Many Jesuses?

With more and more different documents about Jesus discovered, a certain kind of question is being asked more frequently. The question goes something like this, "Since Jesus seems quite different and quite attractive and meaningful in many texts, can we think about one Jesus? Or would it help to think of different Jesuses?" Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)

2701, 2020

Parables of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas

Gospel of Thomas has more or less three kinds of parables: those with almost exact parallels with Matthew, Mark, or Luke; those with similar story-lines to canonical gospels but with strikingly different meanings; and those that have little or no similarities to canonical gospels. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)

3012, 2019

First Revelation of James

 James and the Lord talk at some length about the reputation that the Jesus movement welcomes women. Indeed in this document Jesus seems to be known for his association with four women leaders. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)

2511, 2019

The Gospel of Mark

One of the recent interests in the Gospel of Mark are its resistance and responses to (especially) violence through its comical, flexible, and complicated identity constructions. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)

2309, 2019

The Thunder Perfect Mind II

The recently discovered "The Thunder: Perfect Mind" from the second or third century introduces a full-blown picture of a vulnerable God that for may help make sense of Divinity for 21st century. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)

2608, 2019

The Acts of Paul and Thecla

This discussion concentrates on Thecla's freedom and leadership, especially the ways her gender and sexuality is far more than what has often been considered “virginity” and/or “celibacy.” Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)

2207, 2019

The Thunder, Perfect Mind

University of Pennsylvania professor Andrew Lamas calls The Thunder: Perfect Mind “one of the ten most important documents in history.” Dr. Hal Taussig provides an introduction and overview of this text. Participants share observations and questions. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)

2406, 2019

No Such Thing as ‘Gnosticism’?

This month’s study involved exploring the raging debate over whether there is any such thing as 'Gnosticism' and whether or not it is important to stop labeling certain texts as 'gnostic.' Presenter: Dr. Deborah Saxon (with host Shirley Paulson)

2005, 2019

The Letter of Peter to Philip

This month’s study involved exploring a little-discussed early text, The Letter of Peter to Philip Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson)

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