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A New New Testament -- Book Launch and Panel Discussion with Hal Taussig
A New New Testament: A Reinvented Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts

Tue, 5 Mar, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

New New Testament 

Join us for a book launch and panel discussion of A New New Testament, A Reinvented Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts, Edited with commentary by Hal Taussig, Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary, with a foreword by John Dominic Crossan

About the Book

Over the past century, numerous lost scriptures have been discovered, authenticated, translated, debated, celebrated. Many of these documents were as important to shaping early-Christian communities and beliefs as what we have come to call the New Testament; these were not the work of shunned sects or rebel apostles, not alternative histories or doctrines, but part of the vibrant conversations that sparked the rise of Christianity. Yet these scriptures are rarely read in contemporary churches; they are discussed nearly only by scholars or within a context only of gnostic gospels. Why should these books be set aside? Why should they continue to be lost to most of us? And don’t we have a great deal to gain by placing them back into contact with the twenty-seven books of the traditional New Testament—by hearing, finally, the full range of voices that formed the early chorus of Christians?

To create this New New Testament, Hal Taussig called together a council of scholars and spiritual leaders to discuss and reconsider which books belong in the New Testament. They talked about these recently found documents, the lessons therein, and how they inform the previously bound books. They voted on which should be added, choosing ten new books to include in A New New Testament. Reading the traditional scriptures alongside these new texts—the Gospel of Luke with the Gospel of Mary, Paul’s letters with The Letter of Peter to Philip, The Revelation to John with The Secret Revelation to John—offers the exciting possibility of understanding both the new and the old better. This new reading, and the accompanying commentary in this volume, promises to reinvigorate a centuries-old conversation and to bring new relevance to a dynamic tradition.

About the Panel

Three members of the Council of Scholars will lead the discussion:

  • Bishop Alfred Johnson, United Methodist Church
  • Margaret Aymer ‘96, Assistant Professor of New Testament at the Interdenominational Theological Center
  • Hal Taussig, Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary.

Union Theological Seminary PhD student Celene Lillie will moderate the discussion.


This event is co-sponsored by Union Theological Seminary and the Interfaith Center of New York.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at this event.

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