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.
The Relationship of ‘The Odes of Solomon’ to Jesus
Date: Monday, October 26, 2020
This Monday Textual Study will introduce a moving and fascinating set of documents, closely connected to Jesus, from the first and second centuries. While the documents, discovered for the first time in the early 20th century, are capable of deepening our understanding, they also promise to be wildly confusing. Despite being called ‘The Odes of Solomon,’ implying directly that the songs (odes) are from King Solomon of Israel about a thousand years before Jesus, many of the songs in this text (if not all of them) are clearly about Jesus.
Both carbon dating and historical examination indicate that the songs are from the early years of the Christ people in the first centuries CE. And, as our study of specific odes will show, there are dramatic portraits of Jesus in them, utilizing both new and traditional terms for Jesus. But, interestingly enough, none of the odes use the words ‘Jesus’ or ‘Christ.’ Nevertheless, the probable Jesus character in the odes is himself a singer and sings about himself, identifying strongly with ordinary people of that day. One of the strangest riddles and some of the most beautiful poems are at hand as we study five of them. Click here to access a page with translations of odes 16, 36, 19, and 8.
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.