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Interested in booking Shirley Paulson or Hal Taussig of Early Christian Texts to speak or present a series or workshop?  Click here to for booking information.

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. Exploration of divine and human vulnerability
  4. Spiritual practice emerging from study of extracanonical texts
  5. Healing ideas from the ancient texts
  6. 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

Title: “How Do Early Followers of Jesus Speak to Us Today?”
Presenter: Shirley Paulson, PhD
Type: 45-minute Presentation (via Zoom)
Date: September 27, 2020
Time:  3:00 pm Eastern, (2:00 pm Central, 1:00 Mountain, Noon Pacific)
Where:  Clearview Home Annual Meeting (registration required to attend – but it’s free)
Description:  Jesus’s followers had to figure out what to do when he was no longer there to guide them. Their prayers and actions inspire our discipleship today.

Title: “Race, Ethnicity, and the Bible”
Presenter: Hal Taussig, PhD
Type:  Four 75-minute Presentations (via Zoom)
Date: Wednesday, September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 8:15 pm Mountain, (9:00 Eastern, 8:00 Central, 6:00 Pacific)
Where:  Zoom Link is Here (Contact us for meeting ID and password if you want to connect by phone.)
Description:  These sessions are based on the important biblical studies of Dr. Vincent Wimbush over the past 25 years, focusing on Wimbush’s major book, African Americans and the Bible: Sacred Texts and Social Textures. Professor Wimbush, probably the country’s leading African American Professor of Biblical Studies, will not be participating directly. For 8 of the 17 years that Hal Taussig taught as Professor of New Testament Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Professor Wimbush was his colleague on Union’s faculty.

Past Events

Title: “If Not Christian, Then What”
Presenters: Hal Taussig with Brandon Scott and Erin Vearncombe
Type: Seminar discussion of paper presentation
Date: May 9, 2020
Where: Westar Institute Spring Meeting of Christianity Seminar (Online)

Title: “Enlightenment on Psychological Aspects of New Testament Healing from Nag Hammadi
Presenter: Shirley Paulson
Type: Scholarly Paper Presentation
Date: July 4, 2019, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (during the SBL International Meeting)
Where: The Pontifical Biblical Institute

Title: “Healing and Gender in Bible Times
Presenter: Shirley Paulson
Type: One Week Course
Date: June 24–28, 2019
Where: Elsah, Illinois
(Principia College)

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

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

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.