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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Jesus Seminar Comes to Elizabethton

I have just confirmed with Westar that we will host a Jesus Seminar on the Road September 12-13. Charles Hedrick and Hal Taussig will present, Competing Early Christian Voices: the Contest for Authority at First Pres., Elizabethton. This is a description of the program they did in Pennsylvania:
In the beginning, orthodoxy was but one of many diverse movements tracing their origins in some way to Jesus of Nazareth. Initially these groups used a Greek form of the Hebrew Bible as their scripture, but that collection proved inadequate to their needs. So they eventually reduced their new visions of faith to writing. Beginning in the fourth century, some self-proclaimed orthodox representatives selected certain religious texts to serve their communities, texts which, centuries later, would become “divinely inspired scripture.” Other texts, from movements competing with orthodoxy, they libeled as “heretical,” or “not genuine.”

The workshop will look at some of the so-called “heretical” texts and competing religious visions that survived from that early period, such as Thunder, Perfect Mind; The Gospel of Thomas; The Treatise on the Resurrection; The Gospel of Mary; The Aprocryphon of John; The Gospel of Judas; The Testimony of Truth; and The Apocalypse of Peter.

So, put it on your calendar! Check out some of the other JSORs this Fall.


  1. Probably one of the best books to read in preparation for this (if you can only get to one book) is Elaine Pagel's "Beyond Belief". The thesis is that the Gospel of John was written to counter the Gospel of Thomas. Pagels compares these two gospels to show how they present very different approaches to Christianity. She provides very good insight, and she is easy to read.

  2. That is a very good book. It is a nice combination of scholarship and personal reflection.

  3. BTW, welcome to the blogging world! I have linked to your blog on the sidebar.

  4. Hmmm.... that might be something I can attend.