Most people know whatever they know about the disciples from the Bible, but not much else. So we’re going to look at some of the other texts of the first couple of centuries. Presenters: Dr. Shirley Paulson and Dr. Christine Shea (with host Hilary Barner)
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)
Some obscure points in the canon may have much greater significance in the larger context of other works. Here is a detailed example to illustrate this point. Starting with Colossians.
Although not particularly noticed by scholars or religious groups, The Thunder: Perfect Mind has become one of the most engaging recently discovered early Christ texts. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)
"A number of scholars suggest that the Gospel of Peter’s story may have been one of the earliest if not the earliest. It is time to take this possibility seriously."
How strong and vibrant Christianity will be during these next two decades depends primarily on how much creativity and vitality it can produce.
"I saw that I was womanish. I saw myself in it…. In the feminist movement, it was about being a woman. In the womanist tradition, it’s about being a woman in community." An interview with Rev. Stephanie A. Duzant.