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The New Testament | [The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman]

The New Testament

Whether taken as a book of faith or a cultural artifact, the New Testament is among the most significant writings the world has ever known, its web of meaning relied upon by virtually every major writer in the last 2,000 years. Yet the New Testament is not only one of Western civilization’s most believed books, but also one of its most widely disputed, often maligned, and least clearly understood, with a vast number of people unaware of how it was written and transmitted.
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Whether taken as a book of faith or a cultural artifact, the New Testament is among the most significant writings the world has ever known, its web of meaning relied upon by virtually every major writer in the last 2,000 years. Yet the New Testament is not only one of Western civilization’s most believed books, but also one of its most widely disputed, often maligned, and least clearly understood, with a vast number of people unaware of how it was written and transmitted.

But now a distinguished religious scholar is available to help you gain a carefully reasoned understanding of not only the New Testament itself, but of the individuals and communities who created its texts.

Drawing on modern biblical scholarship, recent archaeological discoveries, and careful literary analysis - and approaching his subject purely as a historian, with belief or disbelief suspended - Professor Ehrman has crafted a series of 24 fascinating lectures that trace the history of the New Testament and the early Christian faith community. He discusses not only the 27 books included in the New Testament, but also many of the significant texts that were excluded as he addresses key historical questions around the issues of authorship, circumstance, audience, content, meaning, and historical accuracy.

"Our ultimate goal," he notes, "is to come to a fuller appreciation and understanding of these books that have made such an enormous impact on the history of Western civilization and that continue to play such an important role for people today."

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

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    Ahmedinejad Bloomington, MN, United States 10-03-13
    Ahmedinejad Bloomington, MN, United States 10-03-13
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    "Excellent Historical Critical Perspective"

    A fantastic course on New testament history conducted by Bart Ehrman. This work addresses such questions as:

    Who wrote the Gospels?
    When were the Gospels written?
    In what order were the Gospels written?
    What discrepancies are in the Gospels and why?
    Who the wrote the Pauline epistles?
    How can we tell who wrote these books?

    Ehrman is erudite and well-regarded among Biblical scholars. This work does not disappoint and I highly recommend this and other Great Courses by Bart Ehrman.

    Note: This work is from a historical-critical perspective, not a devotional perspective. It is academia, not religion.

    28 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Los Angeles, CA 02-18-15
    Kelly Los Angeles, CA 02-18-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Very interesting!"

    The narrator does a fantastic job of addressing a controversial subject with care. Keep in mind that this is a historical discussion of the New Testament, not a theological discussion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Heap Mesa, AZ 03-18-15
    Kris Heap Mesa, AZ 03-18-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Should have a different title"

    The information was great but most of the lecture was spent looking at discrepancies in what we consider the New Testament today. A better title would be "Finding the Original New Testament" or "Inconsistencies in the New Testament". All in all, it was really interesting, just not what I thought it would be.

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    28yo midwest Daddy Brown County Ohio 05-01-15
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    "Great way to spend some time"

    Cool listen, I identify as an atheist and found the subject matter rather intriguing. I spend way too much time learning about things I don't believe in and this was a really good way to do it. Factual, interesting and I would say a rather unbiased narrative on historical Jesus and the new testament.

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    steven moll Ball State University 07-01-15
    steven moll Ball State University 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for the faint of faith."

    This program will provoke a lot of questions about the authenticity of the New Testament and the authority given to it.

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    Dustin 06-16-15
    Dustin 06-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Clear, Wide-ranging, and Precise"

    Bart Ehrman's lectures are simply wonderful. Throughout his talks, he is clear and precise. Plenty of specific examples and verses are given. In all, the whole presentation was very eye-opening to me, a former member of the Jehovah's Witnesses. To be given such a clear and direct historical overview of the New Testament is incredibly refreshing.

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    Paul 04-28-15
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    "Dr Ehrman proves his mettle again"

    I love the lectures in this series. So far, I have listened to both The New Testament course, and the Historical Jesus course lectures. While they are a bit similar, it's still awesome stuff.

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    Ananias Williamsburg, VA 04-12-15
    Ananias Williamsburg, VA 04-12-15 Member Since 2015

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    "excellent introduction to the topic"

    Works well in Concert with ehrmans other courses do this one first then branch out

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    Kouki92 03-11-15
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    "Lovely!"

    Really interesting content with a very decent lecturer. I would recommend this to anyone who's interested in how the New Testament was created.

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    Jason Severson PORTLAND, OR, US 02-17-15
    Jason Severson PORTLAND, OR, US 02-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply fascinating."

    Absolutely eye opening listen. Very well done with respect to content and performance. I've already shared many of the things I've learned from the book with my friends.

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    "Utterly Compelling"

    A lecture course about the New Testament may sound a bit dry, but in the hands of Professor Ehrman it is the audiobook equivalent of a page-turner. This course is history not theology and would work equally well for Christians and non-Christians. The lectures progress through the New Testament discussing the historical basis and relevance of the material; for more detail on the content I recommend looking at the Great Courses website which has a list of lecture titles. My interest in the bible is as a cultural and historical source, and I found the insights provided by these lectures absolutely fascinating. I cannot recommend this course highly enough. One final point -- there is another Great Courses lecture series called "Great Figures of the New Testament" which has a slightly different focus but if you are deciding between the two I strongly recommend Professor Ehrman's course.

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