The guided reviews are simply unsuited to reviewing the great courses series.
Ehrman has written books on the subject, but hearing him go through the material in the style of a lecture really helped me to understand early gnostic and heretical/non proto-orthodox beliefs.
If you're interested in the early formation of Christianity before the establishment of the orthodox canon, this is the way to go. Great work, great explanations, just plain great. Well worth the listen, fully recommended.
Listening to a professor acknowledged for his ability to teach and who has obvious passion for the subject and a large coverage without losing his audience.
So much information here in a subject I did not know much about and feel that I learned quite a bit from it. Even if I can't remember all the names and specifics, there will always be new avenues of thinking opened by this book.
Obviously passionate about the subject. The only problem is that he can't say "example" and says "edsample" which is a bit annoying. He can't help that of course, but if you are really irritated by that sort of thing, probably should let this one go. Sad if you have to, but I can understand that sort of irritability.
The story of the monk who after many frightening and potentially fatal incidents finds peace in the beautiful flower seconds before his death. This resonated with me strongly and brought to mind the rather famous verse from the new testament "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, ... , whatever is of good report, think about these things". This is the true inspirational value of the great courses: expanding ones knowledge and connecting various understandings with the feeling of understanding new and fascinating connections.
The great courses are amazing, I wholly recommend them with respect to those I have completed so far.
I would most assuredly recommend this to a friend. With the caveat that if
A) You don't like psychological dramas
-- If you're not into looking through the characters eyes and some digressions on what the character is thinking, don't bother, the pacing is fine for me, but if you don't like this kind of thing, don't bother.
B) Sensitive to Violence or Obscenity
-- I'm not being judgmental here, I'm just saying that certain people are put off by this kind of thing and those people I would advise to skip it.
If neither of those apply, get the book.
You can thank me later :)
The finale and the description of the scene where the nurse was terribly injured. The latter just gives you this picture of Hannibal in a different light to show why they say of his normal guard "Nothing happened under his watch because he never forgot who he was dealing with". The nurse scene strongly shows what he's talking about.
Hannibal, no question on that one.
No, it just kept me thinking, and that's the kind of book that I find the most fulfillig
Try to think about the book from all sides and from all perspectives. It is a rewarding exercise
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