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A variety of presentations on early Christian texts, including seminars, classes, workshops, and lectures

Some topics include:

  1. Relationships between the Bible and extracanonical texts
  2. Issues in the early formation of Christianity
  3. Healing ideas from the ancient texts
  4. Theological and spiritual concepts from the ancient texts

Presentations and events can be created to work perfectly with your event. If you have a specific topic related to the early Christian texts, be sure to send a message to ask about it.

Fragment from the Gospel of Mary

Fragment from the Gospel of Mary, unknown photographer, public domain image from Wikimedia Commons.

Tanho Monday Textual Study

Once a month, at 8–9 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday nights (generally the fourth of the month), the Tanho Center sponsors a presentation and discussion of one of the early Christ movement texts.  Each Monday session is led by a trained scholar of these texts.  Discussion leaders will share a well-framed overview of the particular text, and give time for all participants to ask questions or share their own insights about the meanings and potential for these texts.

Upcoming Conference Presentations and Similar Events

Healing and Gender in Bible Times

Date:  June 24–28, 2019, 2:15 to 3:05 pm daily
Location:  Principia College
Description:  “Healing and Gender in Bible Times” is a five hour course offered as a part of the Principia Summer Session.
Registration for the Summer Session required in order to attend this course.

Enlightenment on psychological aspects of New Testament healing from Nag Hammadi

Date: July 4, 2019, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (during the SBL International Meeting)
Location: The Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Gregorian University
Description:  Presentation to be given at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting.
Registration for the conference required in order to attend.

Past Events

Title: “Healing in a Fractured Time: Wholeness for the Early Followers of Jesus”
Type: Lecture
Date: November 18, 2018
Where: Denver
(Sixth Church of Christ, Scientist)

Title: “Healing Theologies and Practices in the Early Christian Church”
Type: Two-week course
Date:  June 11 – 22, 2018
Where: Elsah, IL
(Principia College)

Title: “Comparing 2nd Century Christians with 2nd Century Christian Scientists”
Type: One-day seminar
Date: January 27, 2018
Where: Princeton, NJ
(Tenacre Foundation)

Title: “2nd-century Christians and 2nd-century Christian Scientists”
Type: Lecture
Date: September 23, 2017
Where: Los Angeles
(Broadview Christian Science Nursing)

Testimonials

I was very interested in Dr Paulson’s talk on healing among early Jesus followers. I now know what it means to be an “early Jesus follower” and why that term is used. The context of life at the time, the overview of the Secret Revelation of John, the ideas shared on the beliefs and practices during Jesus’ day were fascinating. After this talk, I look forward to learning more!  — Bonnie Jean Schlaepfer, Denver, CO

One thing you can always count on when Shirley Paulson speaks:  her passion and conviction about her subject.  She takes complex material and breaks it down for a newcomer to the material to understand.  Her tremendous academic training has prepared her to share these early texts in new, fresh ways that bring the latest scholarship to bear.  Enjoy! — Madelon Maupin, Newport Beach, CA (Founder, Bible Roads)

Recently I was privileged to take a fascinating 2-week course from Dr. Shirley Paulson, based on her years of research on early Christian texts. To be able to study extracanonical texts, discovered in 1945, added greatly to my understanding of theological issues both then and now. — Lucy Harper, Atlanta, GA

Your message was incisive, powerful, and focused … Your broader theme assures us that, regardless of whatever outward turmoil seems to be present, by keeping our focus on the three gems, we can experience the harmony of God’s creation right here and now. — Dennis Page, Trabuco Canyon, CA, Attorney at Law

From anonymous evaluation forms:

Such amazing, eye-opening, helpful information. The fruits of your study research digging are so helpful…

Getting exposed/acquainted to the ancient extracanonical texts for the first time – now I need to go home and study them.

Interested in non-canonical healings; how early Christian churches organized; explanations about the Council of Nicea and its impact on history; closer historical context; great perspective: explanations through good metaphors.

There was so much here that I could take this again and continue to learn more — have more texts been found? Grateful for all. I think you were very thorough. I appreciate your bibliography and back-up for many of the ideas given.

I enjoyed all of it and got a lot out of it.