Thecla, Paul, Jesus, and Family
Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern Time
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Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/499027361
Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig
The Acts of Paul and Thecla is the primary early document that introduces the life of Thecla from her teen years to her death of old age. She is portrayed as an occasional colleague and follower of Paul in the role of teacher and healer. Later manuscripts of the fourth through seventh century elaborate on these roles, but some of them also portray her as a martyr. However, the earliest version of The Acts of Paul and Thecla explicitly picture her as never having submitted to a Roman death.
In our previous study of Thecla we focused on both her complicated relationship to Paul and how gender studies has deepened her portrait. This new 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. This dimension of our study will look especially into how her opposition to traditional family parallels and enhances the seven different sayings of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Thomas that oppose conventional family. For instance, see Luke 14:26: “If anyone… does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters … such a person cannot be my disciple.” (NIV)
Here is the overall section that accents Thecla’s campaign against family: 7:1-10:6; 15:1-18:2; 26:1-27:2; 37:1-4 Read the Acts of Paul and Thecla here or here.