Tanho Monday Textual Study

Early Christian Texts Discussions
Lead by Hal Taussig

The Bible and Beyond Discussions

Monthly Monday Textual Study

Once a month, at 8:00–9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday nights (generally the fourth of the month), Early Christian Texts hosts a presentation and discussion of one of the early Christian texts.  Dr. Hal Taussig, who leads the sessions, shares a well-framed overview of the particular text, and gives 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 donate to Early Christian Texts.  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 several short films on the Tanho website home page. People who would like a more in-depth 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.  

How the Secret Revelation of John Saves Us from Ancient and Modern Demons

Monday, June 27, 2022
8:00 – 9:00 pm Eastern Time
Click here for the Zoom meeting link
Facebook Event Page
Presenter: Shirley Paulson, PhD

For this second part of the series on the Secret Revelation of John we turn our focus on the demons. Demons were ubiquitous in antiquity, and they had special powers over everyone, from the lowest to the highest in social ranking. But since people don’t generally believe in little evil creatures running in and out of our lives anymore, it’s a little difficult to imagine the power of demons from so long ago. Thinking of them as ‘spirits’ gives us a clearer understanding of the influence they could wield over human lives. Occasionally good and usually downright nasty, these demons had the power to create or destroy. But the Savior in the Secret Revelation of John—sometimes Jesus and sometimes a female character—has come to lead people away from their controlling influences. By understanding the names and nature of demons, a savior had the power to cast them out. This text offers some of the most direct teaching on healing and saving from the cruel power of demons. The twist in the plot is that Roman rulers behaved so much like the demons, the people under their rule could easily talk about them behind their backs by simply referring to the demons.

Text to be studied:

Chapter 15, 17, and 19 

from either:

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.


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software