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.
Stories of Jesus’s Resurrection, Especially Gospel of Peter
Monday, January 25, 2021
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. In our study of this text, we consider seriously why this resurrection may be the oldest and the first one. At the same time we explore how—once a veil is lifted—it is quite important for the way we read other resurrection texts in the biblical gospels, the letters of Paul, and the Gospel of Mary. This study of this nine-verse-text in the Gospel of Peter is not primarily interested in “whether the resurrection really happened.” Rather, our primary approach is to help think about the meanings of resurrections of Jesus. We examine ways literal interpretations of resurrection texts about Jesus have taken much of the meaning away. Similarly, we look carefully at ways the heaven-centered later church interpretations of resurrection tend to vacate the possibilities of present (not future) meanings of resurrection.
The portion of the fragmented Gospel of Peter under consideration is chapters 9 and 10 or verses 35-42. These are available at https://www.gospels.net/peter or http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/gospelpeter.html.
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.