Light and Fragrance in the Gospel of Truth
Monday, March 22, 2021
8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern Time
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Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig
The Gospel of Truth—written sometime in the second century—is almost certainly the most lush and sensuous of early Christ literature. This 6,500-word document talks of divinity as “the Mother, Jesus of boundless sweetness”, “boundlessness,” “desire,” “the mercies of the Father,” “the face of love,” “perfect light” “the bosom of the Holy Spirit,” “compassion,” “the Father’s fragrance,” and “truly good.” This month’s Bible and Beyond Discussion examines just two of the many sensual and heart-filled passages in this still-to-be-explored gospel. One of these two texts has already received the attention of poets and preachers in its announcement that “in you dwells the light that never ends.” The other explores the term “fragrance” and the primary dimension of that which brings humanity and divinity together. It announces that when this fragrance “mixes with matter it gives…fragrance to light.” Often the Gospel of Truth overwhelms the ordinary reader with too much goodness, light, love, and body, but this hour-long study works to focus on just 13 verses, so that it can allow the discussion to take in character of the larger text. Please join us on just one ascent in this rollercoaster of tenderness.
The text utilized in this discussion is the Gospel of Truth 17:10-16; 19:1-6 (Versification from A New New Testament).