Learn about eight of the modern discoveries of ancient, second-century Jesus-oriented texts. They demonstrate both their diversity and their shockingly relevant meaning for today. Presenters: Dr. Hal Taussig, Natalie Perkins, and Dr. Shirley Paulson
The tradition of the Fourth Gospel sought to preserve and pass on a unique insight about Jesus. The extensive father/son language, unique to the Fourth Gospel, is at the center of this insight.
This is a piece of parchment, animal skin, that was re-written not just once, but twice, with later texts. The first layer, the underlayer that is Matthew is written in Syriac, which is a form of Aramaic. An Interview with Dr. Jeremiah Coogan
Cutting-edge research on ancient lists of apostles reveals their connection with the apocryphal acts of the apostles and shows why they (the lists) offer such important new information about the apostles. Presenters: Dr. Tony Burke and Dr. Shirley Paulson
New insight into the social realities of Jesus’ day reveals that his instructions call for a more radical vision of God’s Kingdom. Re-thinking familiar writings can challenge us to read them through first-century eyes. Presenter: Dr. Erin Vearncombe (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)
There are only 27 books in the New Testament, but over 100 circulated among the early followers of Jesus. Some have been known and available throughout Christian history, but others have been discovered rather recently. Presenter: Dr. Deborah N. Saxon (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)
Although Seth stories are told in a variety of versions in these religions, Seth is always good and often heroic. And in a number of these stories, his role as Savior takes on a divine status.
This is an uncommon set of instructions in the face of grave danger, to say the least! It neither promises a miraculous escape, nor does it call for violence in return.
The modern world is so impoverished in its ideas. We have such a narrow range of ways of responding to situations and issues compared to all the ideas that people had before. An interview with Dr. Jason BeDuhn.
What is especially liberating about this for me is that I know these [Nag Hammadi] texts don’t belong to any other competing faith tradition either. All Christians ‘own’ them on an equal footing.
I have worked for thirty-plus years on early texts from the Christ movements, the rest of the Bible, and all kinds of ancient writings, because it has been one of the ways I claim meaning.