Diversity in Early Christianity: The Gospel of Truth
led by Dr. Jim Goss
Sundays, February 16 – April 5
DCC Library at 9:40 am – 10:25 am
Among the discoveries in the Nag Hammadi texts is the Coptic version of the Gospel of Truth, a fourth-century translation of a Greek text that dates back to the middle or early second century. Unlike the New Testament gospels, the Gospel of Truth does not provide a narrative context for its message but is more like a sermon or meditation on the significance of Jesus as the revealer of God’s truth to the world that has forgotten its participation in God’s reality. While the Gospel might be written by Valentinus, a second-century mystic/ theologian, it is anonymous. The class will read and interpret the work in order to understand its appeal to early and modern Christians.
Dr. James Goss is Professor Emeritus from California State University, Northridge, where he taught for 32 years in the Religious Studies Department. He served as Department Chair, was President of the Faculty, and was the Executive Associate to the President of the University. 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. He received a Ph. D. from Claremont University, a M.Th. from the School of Theology at Claremont, and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.