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Reframing Christian Scriptures

November 15, 2013 - November 16, 2013

The last 150 years have witnessed a wide range of exciting new discoveries of early Christian literature not included in the New Testament. Documents such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary (Magdalene), the Gospel of Peter, the Gospel of Truth, the Thunder: Perfect Mind, the Letter of Peter to Philip, the Secret Revelation of John, the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, and many others have begun to reshape how the beginnings of Christianity are conceived. It is now clear that a great diversity of often competing, early Christian literature existed, that cannot be best assessed using the categories of orthodoxy and heresy, biblical or non-biblical. This Jesus Seminar on the Road examines how a more diverse set of Christian scriptures changes the way we understand Christian beginnings.


Friday Lecture

7:30–9 pm
Early Christian Scripture and a 21st century New New Testament (Taussig)
Becoming Like Jesus: An Entrance Into the Gospel of Thomas (Dewey)


Saturday Workshops

9:30–10:30 am
The Thunder, Perfect Mind and the Gospel of John: The Divinization of the Human Journey(Taussig)

The Gospel of Peter: the Germ of an Inclusive Passion Story (Dewey)

1:30–2:30 pm
The Gospel of Mary (Dewey and Taussig)

3:00–4:00 pm
The Implications of Early Christian Diversity for Twenty-First-Century Followers of Jesus (Dewey and Taussig)

Local Contact

Roy Simmons


Dewey ArtArthur J. Dewey (Th.D., Harvard University) is Professor of Theology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, co-founder of the Healing Deadly Memories Program, and co-author of The Complete Gospel Parallels (2012) and The Authentic Letters of Paul (2010).



Taussig HalHal 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 books include A New New Testament (2013), The Thunder: Perfect Mind (2009), A New Spiritual Home (2006), and Many Tables (with D. Smith, 1990).


All Sessions

  • Individual Rate $75
  • Pre-registration Rate (by Nov 1) $60
  • Additional Family Members $50

Single Sessions

  • Friday Evening Lecture $20
  • Saturday Morning Workshop $30
  • Saturday Afternoon Workshop $30

Refunds are available until two weeks before the event if requested in writing, minus a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after that date.

Learn more about the Jesus Seminar on the Road (JSOR) program.


November 15, 2013
November 16, 2013
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Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills (Sunnyhill)
1240 Washington Road Pittsburgh, PA 15228 United States


Westar Institute
(503) 375-5323