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The World of Biblical Israel | [The Great Courses]

The World of Biblical Israel

From Genesis to Job, the Hebrew scriptures contain some of the most influential stories in Western civilization. But what do these stories tell us about daily life in ancient Israel? And why do they still speak to us today? In 24 captivating lectures, Professor Chapman introduces you to the stories of the Judeans in exile and grounds them in their historical context, giving you a grand vision of history as presented in the scriptures.
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From Genesis to Job, the Hebrew scriptures contain some of the most influential stories in Western civilization. But what do these stories tell us about daily life in ancient Israel? And why do they still speak to us today?

In 24 captivating lectures, Professor Chapman introduces you to the stories of the Judeans in exile and grounds them in their historical context, giving you a grand vision of history as presented in the scriptures. She compares the history in the Bible to the archaeological record so that you come away with a complete picture of life in biblical Israel.

Discover the complete literary power of the scriptures by investigating many of the Bible's key historical moments, from the origins of the Israelites in the Torah to the Babylonian Captivity and the resettlement under the Persian Empire, which is the very heart of the Hebrew scriptures. Learn how the exilic period motivated the community to reexamine its relationship to its God, its land, its religious practices, and its legacy to the children who would become the new Israel.

But you'll tackle more than the sweep of history. From the family compounds to the battlefields and from the kitchens to the temples, Professor Chapman puts flesh on the bones of the biblical stories. Spiritually engaging and historically fascinating, this course is unlike any other, and it will give you a new appreciation both for ancient history and for the foundation of the three Abrahamic faiths.

©2013 The Great Courses (P)2013 The Teaching Company, LLC

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    Nathan North San Jose, CA, US 03-18-14 Member Since 2012

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    Would you listen to The World of Biblical Israel again? Why?

    Yes, there was so much information that I'm sure I missed some of the items taught.


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    The Professor brings ancient Israel to life in a practical sensibility.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mollydog 06-08-14
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    Wonderful information, great reference, fantastic professor and lectures. The one and only issue with this book was the extremely low quality of sound editing. The series and contents of this course were outstanding, but the sound quality made the lectures hard to understand.

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    Professor Chapman offers an outstanding course on the World of Biblical Israel. It is thorough, insightful, and her presentations are enjoyable. As a Catholic deacon who has studied Scripture extensively, I would strongly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to understand the life and struggles of a people whose blessing paradoxically comes from wrestling with God.


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    Ronald St, Clair Shores, MI 04-11-14
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Cynthia R. Chapman?

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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The World of Biblical Israel?

    When I realized the author did not believe the Bible was God's inspired Word.


    Do you think The World of Biblical Israel needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I am not interested. I was hoping that Audible Books would also offer more books from conservative scholars.


    Any additional comments?

    Warning to a Biblical conservative that this series has a liberal bias. Author does not believe Moses wrote the five books attributed to him and that Judges is a retelling of the book of Joshua. I wish in the details of any book the author's biases would be noted.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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