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.  

Norea: Key Dimension of God’s Fullness and/or Eve’s First Daughter

Date: Monday, April 27, 2020
8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern Time
Facebook Event Page
Zoom Meeting Link: https://zoom.us/j/499027361
Presenter: Dr. Hal Taussig

The Tanho Textual Study for April 26 will investigate one of the most hidden and fascinating female divine characters of Christ texts in the second century.  This figure is Norea, who is found in a number of first through third century texts, but perhaps best known in two works of the famous Nag Hammadi jar of 52 early Christ texts found in the Egyptian desert in 1945.  We will focus on this divine figure in the Nag Hammadi documents “The Thought of Norea” and “The Reality of the Rulers” (sometimes titled “The Hypostasis of the Archons”).

Norea is a powerful female character in both texts, which complement what we know about her but do not give a completely matching picture.  Both show Norea as a part of the many different dimensions of divinity in the first through third centuries.  But in “The Thought of Norea” she is a dynamic dimension of the Fullness of God, whereas in “The Reality of the Rulers” she is Eve’s first daughter, who successfully defends her mother against the evil rulers of the world.   Our study will depend substantially on the scholarship of Professor Celene Lillie and Professor Birger Pearson.

Read more about the texts here.

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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