The Lost Stories of Early Christianity: An Introduction to the Nag Hammadi Texts 5 week seminar August 4- September 1, 2016 Thursday evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm in Mill Valley $200.00
In 1945, a treasure trove of ancient scriptures were found in the caves of Nag Hammadi, Egypt that has completely overturned scholarly assumptions about religious history and early Christianity. In these texts (some of which may predate the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), Jesus is portrayed as a wisdom teacher who awakens our latent human capacities and liberates us from ignorance. For many readers these texts have been a startling and exciting revelation, bringing about insight and compassion and a fresh and hopeful perspective on Christianity.
Agust 4: The History of Early Christianity and Nag Hammadi texts August 11: Beyond Duality: The Round Dance of Jesus August 18: Thunder Perfect Mind August 25: Beauty in Full Flowering: The Gospel of Truth and the Valentinian Tradition September 1 : The Koans of Jesus: The Gospel of Thomas
Recommended Reading: The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels The New New Testament, edited by Hal Taussig The Gospel of Thomas, edited with commentary by Jean Yves LeLeloup