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Timothy

Huntersville, NC, United States

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  • The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    What different kinds of books are in the New Testament? When, how, and why were they written? And why did some books, and not others, come to be collected into what Christians came to consider the canon of scripture that would define their belief for all time? With these 12 lectures, get a fast-moving yet thorough introduction to these and other key issues in the development of Christianity.

    eric says: "Very informative"
    "Interesting, but not conclusive"
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    What did you like best about The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon? What did you like least?

    I liked the historical context of the lectures and how they detailed the writing of the books in the New Testament.

    What I didn't like was that there seemed to be an undertone of doubt about the validity of any of the books. Prof. Ehrman began the lectures by stating that any two texts that were virtually identical in subject, writing style, or account could almost certainly be considered copies of eachother. (he went into a very convincing example in his lecture) He references several corresponding accounts in the gospels that he supposes had to be copied from other resources. Later, though, Ehrman references discrepancies in accounts of the same events in different gospels and uses this as reason to doubt the validity of scripture. I think a reasonable doubt is healthy when digesting any information, but you can't have it both ways. Ehrman is suggesting that similarities in scripture are reason to doubt their validity, and again later suggesting that discrepancies are reason to discredit.

    These lectures are written from a historical perspective, not a theologic one. That said, it still seems that the goal of the lectures isn't only to educate about the writing, assembly, and preservation of the New Testament.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    Possibly


    What three words best describe Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s performance?

    Knowledgable, Informative, Biased


    Do you think The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would like to see a point by point rebuttal from a biblical historical perspective. After independently researching many points made in the lectures and finding that they weren't entirely based in fact, I would love to listen to lectures that are based on biblical explanations.


    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15435)
    Performance
    (12753)
    Story
    (13392)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Awful!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better book would have made it a 4 or 5 star listening experience.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    The story itself.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    The book was terrible. She didn't have much to work with in my opinion.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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