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

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

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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. Designed to deepen the understanding of both Christians and non-Christians alike, this lecture series takes as its perspective the historical, rather than the theological, issues behind the development of the Bible. And it's an illuminating perspective, indeed, ranging across issues of language, oral history, the physical limitations of spreading the written word at a time when the printing press lay far in the future, and, of course, the theological forces that were shaping Christianity, molding a commonly accepted canon from the various expressions of the faith spreading across the ancient world. Professor Ehrman recreates the context of the times in which the canon was being assembled so that you can understand what the message of each written work would have meant to ancient Christians. You'll come to see how the diverse books of the New Testament were gathered together into the form we now know, whether it's the four canonical Gospels (whose authorship was only attributed by later Christians), the book of Acts, the 21 Epistles, or the book of Revelation (sometimes called the Apocalypse of John).

These lectures are a compelling introduction not only to the development of the Christian canon, but to all of the forces that would play a role in early Christian history.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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    eric Mars, The Solar System, the Milky Way 09-11-13
    eric Mars, The Solar System, the Milky Way 09-11-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Very informative"

    I disagree a bit with the previous reviewer in that although there are iTunes U courses that are excellent, Prof. Ehrman is the top of his field. I very much enjoyed the lecture series, Prof. Ehrman is an excellent lecturer and presents information in a clear and interesting way. I enjoyed this course more than the books, but I prefer to hear history and science in lecture form.
    I highly recommend this lecture series if you are interested in the subject. I feel prof. Ehrman presents the subject in a fair and objective light, he is only presenting his academic studies and is not teaching a sermon or ranting against religion.
    Thank you

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 01-30-15
    Jason 01-30-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Overlap beware"
    Any additional comments?

    This book has too much overlap with other courses by this same lecturer. If you've already heard the others, it's not as good as his lectures on the early Christian church and the ones on the controversies of the Bible. I was hoping for new or more information than what I got in the other lectures.That being said, as a whole, good information. Ehrman is a good lecturer.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Bailey 09-03-15 Member Since 2015

    Student of philosophy & religion. Christian theist. Graphic designer. Musician. Golfer. Writer.

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    "An Abridged Version of "The New Testament" Course"

    MAIN POINT: The content should've been more focused on the "making" of the canon as opposed to a quasi-survey of the canon. Ehrman's "The New Testament" course covers almost the same exact material with just a little more detail.
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    Ehrman starts the second to last lecture reminding listeners that it was (I'm paraphrasing) a long and detailed history leading up to the selection and discrimination of books. Yes, Bart! That's why I bought your course. I wanted to learn about that part of Christian history in particular. Problem is, he spends an inordinate amount of time (75%) walking listeners through historical discrepancies in the gospels, pseudonymous Pauline epistles, scribal errors, orthodox corruption, conflicting theologies, et cetera. All interesting topics.. WHICH SHOULD BE AND WERE COVERED IN DETAIL DURING 'THE NEW TESTAMENT' COURSE! Direct listeners, if they would like to learn more about those areas, to purchase that course.

    This course could've briefly touched on those issues to show there are prior questions one should be asking of the New Testament as well, but it should've focused primarily on particular arguments, detailed interactions with patristic fathers and other "heretics", from the second to fourth centuries, culminating in the Athanasian canon.

    Ehrman is a fine scholar of the New Testament and a great expositor of tricky textual and interpretive issues. I've learned a lot from him. But he has particular pet project areas he focuses on, and it seems to dominate his lecturing style. I feel like he is constantly trying to prove the same things over and over again, even when what he's looking to prove doesn't exactly fit the course aim.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wurm Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-25-13
    Wurm Minneapolis, MN, United States 09-25-13
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    "Objective Historical lecture on the New Testament"

    A scholarly and historical (not devotional) perspective on how the New testament came to exist in its present form. The course is a lecture series given by premier Bible Scholar Bartrand Ehrman. If you're looking for an objective view into the history of the Bible and Christianity, I highly recommend this series.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Huntersville, NC, United States 10-08-13
    Timothy Huntersville, NC, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting, but not conclusive"
    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.


    15 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    David Tampa, FL 05-28-16
    David Tampa, FL 05-28-16 Member Since 2013

    Love listening to books.

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    "interesting but not enough"

    very interesting but every part of it felt condensed. it seemed to leave out alot

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    Stephanie 05-26-16
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    "Fantastic"

    Fantastic read which is neither pro religion nor anti religion. It is purely historical and is quite captivating.

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    John PICKERINGTON, OH, United States 04-06-16
    John PICKERINGTON, OH, United States 04-06-16 Member Since 2016

    ND John

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    "A Biblical History that is Most Interesting!"
    Would you listen to The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Canon again? Why?

    Prof. Bart Ehman, is at least to me, is who makes an interesting subject very understandable. He is very neutral in his delivery & while also being very thorough. I am 73 & have never understood the Bible. The Great Courses are most helpful to me as I very much enjoy the academic approach. So far I have purchased some 10, or more, Great Courses books. Prof Ehman is so interesting to me I will soon listen again. I have another of his to listen to first. He is excellent!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul is my favorite character as he appears after the life of Christ. In fact Paul seems to have taken the lead over the Gospel writers.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, to my this was my first experience with Professor Ehrman, but I will check. At any rate he was very, very good!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I planned on a complete listen to this particular book & was successful. I usually listen in sections.(my medicines make me sleepy but Prof. Ehrman kept me listening!)


    Any additional comments?

    I am very glad I have found the "Great Courses" as they allow me to be exposed to many subjects from science to religion that I missed in my youth! I enjoy the Great Courses very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    khaled 06-01-15
    khaled 06-01-15
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    "Very informative, but..."

    This audio lecture only discusses the canonization of the Bible towards the end.. pretty much the last two lectures.
    So if you have read some ot the author's other books, you will probably gain less info than expected. .. other than that, interesting as always!

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    Brian DURHAM, NC, United States 04-22-15
    Brian DURHAM, NC, United States 04-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Good primer to biblical history."

    This was a great listen, and Beat Ehrman is respected as a leading expert on biblical history. Be aware, though, that this is much more if an introduction to the topic. I'd prefer a course that was twice as long and twice as in-depth.

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    "An important and objective overview"

    Well argued ands=6,9??2÷@@@! clearly delivered. A far bit of overlap with the later book "The historical Jesus" but still enough different content to remain interesting and informative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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