Tanho Monday Textual Study
Early Christian Texts Discussions
Once a month, at 8:00–9:00 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 Christian 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.
There is no charge, but people are invited to give donations to the Tanho Center. One does not have to attend every session, and anyone is welcome any time. We look forward to your joining these textual studies.
Folks who need a brief introduction to these rather surprising and deeply moving texts are invited to check out the several short films on the Tanho website home page. People who would like a larger introduction will enjoy the book, A New New Testament: A Bible for the Twenty-First Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts, edited by Hal Taussig and published by Houghton, Mifflin, and Harcourt.
Light and Fragrance in the Gospel of Truth
Monday, March 22, 2021
The Gospel of Truth—written sometime in the second century—is almost certainly the most lush and sensuous of early Christ literature. This 6,500-word document talks of divinity as “the Mother, Jesus of boundless sweetness”, “boundlessness,” “desire,” “the mercies of the Father,” “the face of love,” “perfect light” “the bosom of the Holy Spirit,” “compassion,” “the Father’s fragrance,” and “truly good.” This month’s Bible and Beyond Discussion examines just two of the many sensual and heart-filled passages in this still-to-be-explored gospel. One of these two texts has already received the attention of poets and preachers in its announcement that “in you dwells the light that never ends.” The other explores the term “fragrance” and the primary dimension of that which brings humanity and divinity together. It announces that when this fragrance “mixes with matter it gives…fragrance to light.” Often the Gospel of Truth overwhelms the ordinary reader with too much goodness, light, love, and body, but this hour-long study works to focus on just 13 verses, so that it can allow the discussion to take in character of the larger text. Please join us on just one ascent in this rollercoaster of tenderness.
The text utilized in this discussion is the Gospel of Truth 17:10-16; 19:1-6 (Versification from A New New Testament).
The Tanho Center is dedicated to the study and interpretation of the large range of early Christ movement texts discovered in the last 150 years. By incorporating recently discovered texts into contemporary practices, we hope to signify exactly what tanho means in Coptic: “to make or be alive.”
Early Christian Texts: The Bible and Beyond
Exploring historical and spiritual questions about Jesus, women, salvation, healing, gender, and wholeness raised by extra-canonical books, forgotten scriptures, and so-called “gnostic” gospels.