We'll examine the key character of Sophia/Wisdom in the development Jesus peoples of the first two hundred years of the Common Era, the development of Second Temple Judaism, and initial development Rabbinic Judaism. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Dr. Shirley Paulson)
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"This is the biggest thrust from After Jesus Before Christianity. How will we end up talking about those first two centuries, now that you’ve exposed that these words don’t work right?" An interview with Dr. Shirley Paulson.
The book challenges the general public, many churches, and most scholars to re-consider how to think about Jesus and these hundreds of years before there were ‘Christians.’
The first time I read the relatively unknown text called the Letter of Peter to Philip from the Nag Hammadi collection, I was stunned with its overall message of guidance in the face of violence.
"One of the most intense controversies emerged when some of us pointed out that in the biblical books of Matthew and Luke, Jesus himself talked about Sophia in intimate and positive ways."
Gender bending, gender pluralism, and divine-human figures provided backdrops for understanding the intersections of Wisdom, Jesus, and Sophia in ancient literature and contemporary theology and spirituality. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)
"Some think these Odes of Solomon are words of praise to Jesus. … But these are Jesus's praises of God, not the worship of Jesus." An Interview with Samuel Zinner, PhD, and Mark M. Mattison.
The Gospel of Peter has a story of the resurrection of Jesus like no other. The story starts in ways that are like some of the stories in the Bible, and then it veers wildly with intense metaphor that opens up completely new interpretations. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)
The Gospel of Mary is a document whose attractiveness is still on the rise since its discovery about 120 years ago. This discussion focuses directly on the character of the gospel and whether it makes a difference for the principle challenges and opportunities of our day. Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig (with host Shirley Paulson, PhD)