This is the second lecture series I listened to from Prof. Johnson. He is extremely well prepared and keeps the topics interesting. I clearly has no use for the search of the "Historical Jesus" and makes a pretty compelling case for why that search is futile and irrelevant. He assumes you have knowledge of the canonical gospels, which is nice if you are looking for a more advanced course.
Over all a very interesting lecture series. But the lecturer is clearly anti Catholic hierarchy. That is revealed at Lecture 41 approx. 20:40 when he discusses Francis of Assisi. First he states that Francis order was known as Fratichelli. Then is states the Church's rejected the "little brothers" and excommunicated them. WOW. The Church excommunicated St. Francis' order? Well not quite. St. Francis and the Franciscans were never excommunicated and were always embraced by pope and the Church. Some orders that the Italian people designated as Fraticelli were considered heretical by the Church. It's a bit disappointing that type of juxtaposition is used to create a false impression of historical facts.
The lecture's anti-Catholic hierarchy is clear in his discussions of the Churches influence on medieval daily life. I emphasize his disdain is directed at Church hierarchy because he goes out of his way to laud the contributions of monks, priests, nuns and other church people in their aid and comfort of everyday people.
With that caveat, I would recommend this series.
A history book that weaves general history into the lives of two remarkable people; a woman kidnapped by the Comanche and the son she had with her Comanche husband. Unflinching in its portrayal of life on the West-Texas/NM Frontier from both the European and Indigenous prospective. Since Cain and Abel there have been clashes between the hunter/gathering and agrarian societies. This is the story of the conquest of the last hunter/gathering society in the North American continent.
This is a comprehensive overview of Christian history. I purchased the whisper-sync to be able to more easily access this book as a reference. Do you remember when, where and why the Chalcedon council took place? Or the 95 theses, or the orthodox views on transubstantiation? It's well researched and pretty thorough. Not a gripping read, but worth the investment if you are interested the history of the most influential religion of the West.
DeGrasse gives you blurbs that makes scientific ideas relatively easy to understand conceptually. If you're a physicist, I guessing it would be bore. But as a layman, I found it very informative and approachable.
DeGrasse's irreverence comes through, sometimes bordering on snarky.
This book is series of essay that are not necessary dependent upon each other. You can easily put it down and come back between other books, or listen for a half hour or so between other interests. My general interest is history and especially ancient history. This book is nice way to cleans the palate between other books.
It is an interesting story, at times. I thought it would be a more scholarly work. My mistake. I should have investigated it more before purchasing. Some of my ancestors were Basque so I was looking forward to a detailed history of the people. Mostly what I got from the book is there is little known about origins of the Basque or their language. The work improves when it turns to the Spanish Civil War and the Marcos era. The description of Guernica was chilling.
Seek out more scholarly works on the Basque.
One of the best. Even though it was written several years ago, the history was well sourced.
Certainly not Hitler. The book exposed his human side, but did not attempt to humanize this mad man who caused tens of millions deaths and unspeakable suffering.
I was reluctant to listen to this book because I thought it would cause great anxiety, i.e, it would keep me up at night thinking about it. I am glad i took the plunge. The story has lessons for our time. We should not allow our public officials to abuse the truth. We should not attempt to demonize whole sections of human kind. History is full of great military victories at the expense of destroyed lives and cultures. But the Third Reich stands alone for its brutality. There is no sugar coating in this book or in the history of the Third Reich -- it was evil personified. To compare any modern leader to Hitler diminishes and trivializes the suffering caused by this man and betrays the speaker's utter ignorance of this history.
Yes. There is much detail to review.
The description of the fall of Constantinople and how the West was complicit in the destruction of the Eastern Roman Empire, the affects of which reverberate today.
It would be impossible because of its length, but i was constantly looking for opportunities to listen.
I visited Istanbul in 2008 and was blown away by the history and magnificence of the city. I now wish I had read this book before I went. It would have enhanced the experience. A must read for anyone who loves history and is unfamiliar with the Eastern Roman Empire.
Yes, I would listen again. There is so much information that requires reexamination of other sources. The author (one of my favorite biblical scholars) puts John's book into a historical context and demonstrates how the author drew upon the Hebrew Bible. i found myself wanting to study the Book of Daniel.
Only criticism is that later chapters that go into early Church history, It was a good brief overview for people not that familiar with such history. For myself, I had just read several books and listen to lectures on early Church history, Thus to me those chapters did not contain any new insights or information. But well worth the listen.
Provocative, unabashed, incomplete
None stand out.
The authors reach a couple of conclusions without clear evidence, or without taking into account the contrary evidence. Overall, a very good book. I would not recommend to people who do not have an open mind about the origins of Yesuha or the Jesus movement.
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