Diversity in Early Christianity: The Gospel of Mary
Led by Jim Goss
Sundays beginning April 28, 9:40 am
The Gospel of Mary, which is a Second Century work attributed to Mary Magdalene that was not included in the New Testament, offers a conversation between the risen Jesus and Mary.
The document was found in Egypt around at the end of the Nineteenth Century, and is written in Coptic but may have originally been in Greek. The text, which gives a vision of the soul’s suffering in the world, her finding her true spiritual nature, and her ascent to the source from which she came was not an acceptable teaching to those who became the leaders of the orthodox tradition. There are several other documents that have been discovered that reveal the diversity and lively discussions taking place in early Christianity. We will explore some of these other works in future classes.
Dr. James Goss is Professor Emeritus from California State University, Northridge, where he taught for 32 years in the Religious Studies Department. His areas of interest are New Testament (the historical Jesus), religious themes in American fiction, Process Theology, and Jungian psychology. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Jesus Seminar, and is a retired ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church. Jim is our resident theologian and we are so very pleased to offer his classes.
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