©2009 F.E. Peters; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
The lecture on a whole isn't bad, but rather, lacked focus, the lecturing style can also be improved upon somewhat, still, one can learn much about the core essence of Religious Historical scholarship by using this set of lectures as a starting point.
I was drawn to this after thoroughly enjoying Prof. Peters lectures on Chritianity, Judaism and Islam. Prof Peters' deep knowledge and casual delivery make for a structured, clear and entertaining lecture series. I hope there is more to come from him.
i was looking for a scientific in depth analysis for historical information about these 2 major historical figures , like it or not there principles , and lives have shaped man kind
instead I was disappointing with a how to do a historical analysis thesis with very little substance about the two men
not to mention that i think it was not very accurate
his speech pattern is not the best
FE Peters reminds me of one of the "god professors" of yore. In other words, he seems to think that by his very presence us poor, unintellectual plebians benefit. Life has moved on, however, and it rather seems to me that FE Peters has been given a bottle of gin for each lecture and been given permission to move round and round, to great redundancy, the point of his lectures. If we are lucky, he give us one point of value. If not, we are left without the veritable crumb. He repeats himself ad nauseum, duplicating and triplicating and quadruplicating his message to the point where one sees this audio as a potential cure for insomnia rather than of any educational value. Quite simply, this is embarrassing.
In addition to Joseephus, there are also historians like Tacitus and Pliny the younger that talked about Jesus. Granted, it was more indirect with Pliny the younger and the part in Tactitus that mentions Jesus is contested by some scholars, but it seems odd that neither were mentioned
"A little clumsy.. but still interesting"
What was good about this book is that you gain some insight into the middle eastern societies that nurtured these great figures. The narration is also free flowing and fantastic!
Unfortunately as the narrator dashes between the two stories it can be hard to keep track of whats going on. The author himself confuses their names on more than one occasion!
The book tries to achieve a style of being biography (from the believer and secular view) as well as a critical history (to separate legend from fact), but doesn't do either job particularly well. I therefore found it a little wanting in both aspects. There are one or to facts I also disagreed with. I probably wouldn't recommend this book to anyone that wasn't already very familiar with the history of both men.
I much preferred his other work, ''Judaism, Christianity & Islam''.
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