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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Register Now for Jesus Seminar in Elizabethton!

The information is out for the Jesus Seminar on the Road in Elizabethton, September 12-13. Go on-line to register.

Here is the information:
Competing Early Christian Voices
The Contest for Authority
Charles W. Hedrick & Hal Taussig

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.


Friday, 7:30-9 P.M.

Charles W. Hedrick & Hal Taussig
Canon and History
Re-Thinking Early Christianity


Saturday, 9:30-10:30 A.M..

Hal Taussig
Thunder, Perfect Min
A dramatic self-presentation of a female divinity

Saturday, 11A.M.-NOON

Charles W. Hedrick
Orthodoxy and Its Competitors
Jesus and the Crucifixion

Saturday 1:30-2:30 P.M.

Hal Taussig
The Gospel of Mary
The only gospel with a woman protagonist

The Apocryphon of John
A secret early attack on the Roman Empire and its oppressive ideology

Saturday 3-4 P.M

Charles W. Hedrick
Orthodoxy and Its Competitors
The Resurrection

Hal Taussig (Ph.D., The Union Institute) is Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary, NYC, Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, and co-pastor at the Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church. His several books include Jesus Before God (1999) and A New Spiritual Home (2006).

Charles W. Hedrick (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School) is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Missouri State University. A member of the UNESCO team of scholars who reconstructed and translated the Nag Hammadi Codices, he is the author of several books, including The Gospel of the Savior (with Paul Mirecki, 1999).


First Presbyterian Church
119 West F Street
Elizabethton, TN 37643


All Sessions
Pre-registration (by Aug. 22) $50
Registration (after Aug 22) $60
Additional Family Member $40

Single Sessions
Friday Evening Lecture $15
Saturday Morning Workshop $25
Saturday Afternoon Workshop $25


Westar Institute
P.O. Box 7268
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
tollfree 877-523-3545, 707- 523-1350 fax


John Shuck
(423) 543-7737
First Presbyterian Church

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