Tanho Monday Textual Study

Early Christian Texts Discussions
Presented by the Tanho Center

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 Textsedited by Hal Taussig and published by Houghton, Mifflin, and Harcourt.  

The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (the Didache)

Date: Monday August 24, 2020

8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern Time


Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/499027361

Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig

Our one-hour monthly Monday Study sessions include brief lectures. Then all participants are invited to ask questions, make comments, or just listen. This month, we will focus on Thecla. The Acts of Paul and Thecla is the primary early document that introduces the life of Thecla as an occasional colleague of Paul in her role of teacher and healer. This study examines her relationship to Paul, but also looks into the experimental role she played in challenging traditional family values, examining how her opposition to traditions parallels the seven different sayings of Jesus that oppose conventional family. See Luke 14:26: “If anyone…does not hate their father, mother, wife, children, brothers…sisters cannot be my disciple.”

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.


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