The Great Courses: Christianity
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  • The New Testament

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
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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.

    Eric says: "Excellent Historical Critical Perspective"
    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..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 03 2013 by Eric (Bloomington, MN, United States)
  • The Old Testament

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Amy-Jill Levine
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    The Old Testament - written in ancient Israel by many different authors over the course of a thousand years - has had more meaning to more people than any other book the world has known. In a series of 24 lively lectures, Professor Levine explores selected passages from the texts known as the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Tanakh, revealing how fresh research and findings from scholars of archaeology, cross-cultural studies, and comparative religion can deepen your understanding.

    Jacobus says: "A critical but inspiring 'walk thru the' Bible"
    A critical but inspiring 'walk thru the' Bible

    I am intrigued by the name of the course 'The Old Testament' as Prof. Amy-Jill Levine herself is Jewish. One would've expected a course name such as '..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 14 2013 by Jacobus (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • 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
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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.

    eric says: "Very informative"
    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 v..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 11 2013 by eric (Mars, The Solar System, the Milky Way)
  • Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
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    What did the "other" Scriptures early Christians followed say? Do they exist today? How could such outlandish ideas ever be considered Christian? If such beliefs were once common, why do they no longer exist? These are just a few of the many provocative questions that arise from these 24 thrilling lectures. Join the dramatic search for lost Christianities and learn why it's considered such an appealing subject to study.

    Michael says: "Finally Understanding Bart Ehrman"
    Finally Understanding Bart Ehrman

    The guided reviews are simply unsuited to reviewing the great courses series.

    Ehrman has written books on the subject, but hearing him go thr..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 16 2013 by Michael (Livermore, CA, United States)
  • The Apostle Paul

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
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    Luke Timothy Johnson, the best-selling author of The Real Jesus, offers a fresh and historically grounded assessment of the life and letters of Christianity's "apostle to the Gentiles" in this 12-lecture series. "One of the most fascinating, important, and controversial figures in the religious history of the West, Paul the Apostle continues to find champions and detractors, sometimes in surprising places," says Professor Johnson. Coming to grips with Christianity means coming to grips with Paul.

    Joey says: "Outstanding and Concise"
    Outstanding and Concise

    Absolutely, a very objective and insightful survey of a significant historical figure.

    Reviewed on March 25 2014 by Joey (Avondale Estates, GA, United States)
  • From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
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    Step back to Christianity's first three centuries to see how it transitioned from the religion of Jesus to a religion about Jesus. How did a single group from among many win the struggle for dominance to establish the beliefs central to the faith, rewrite the history of Christianity's internal conflicts, and produce a canon of sacred texts – the New Testament – that supported its own views?

    Eric says: "An Objective History of Early Christianity"
    An Objective History of Early Christianity

    This course is not a devotional course. It is not intended necessarily for Christians, but for those who are interested in the history of Christianit..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 18 2013 by Eric (Bloomington, MN, United States)
  • Francis of Assisi

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ronald B. Herzman, Professor William R. Cook
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    These 12 lectures by Professors Cook and Herzman will give you a rounded, fully informed introduction to the luminous Francis of Assisi and will tell the intellectually and spiritually rewarding story of how his influence has glowed across the centuries.Just who was Assisi? Despite his continuing influence and the fairly ample writings about him that date from his own time, Francis remains somewhat elusive in history. Yet these lectures expertly unlock two sources that are the most revealing and plentiful-written narratives of Francis's life and the images created for Franciscan churches.

    Jonathan Homrighausen says: "Loved it"
    Loved it

    I have been curious about the Great Courses for a few years now, but they have always been too expensive! Now that they are in the Audible store, how..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 15 2013 by Jonathan Homrighausen (Silicon Valley, CA)
  • Philosophy and Religion in the West

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Phillip Cary
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    Professor Cary explores thousands of years of deep reflection and brilliant debate over the nature of God, the human self, and the world in these 32 lectures. It's a debate that serves as a vivid introduction to the rich and complex history shared by the West's central religious and philosophical traditions. Whether you're a believer, a seeker, or both, you'll find much to spark your deepest ponderings in these talks on the long and rich interplay between faith and reason.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • The Historical Jesus

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
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    From the late Roman Empire all the way to our own time, no continuously existing institution or belief system has wielded as much influence as Christianity, no figure as much as Jesus. Worshipped around the globe by more than a billion people, he is undoubtedly the single most important figure in the story of Western civilization and one of the most significant in world history altogether.

    Tad Davis says: "Authoritative"
    Authoritative

    If you've read Reza Aslan's book on Jesus, or Bill O'Reilly's, and want to see a recognized expert on the historical Jesus at work, check this out. It..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 16 2013 by Tad Davis (Philadelphia, PA USA)
  • Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
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    After 2,000 years, Christianity is the world's largest religion and continues to prosper and grow. What accounts for its continued popularity? In these 24 lectures, Professor Johnson maintains that the most familiar aspects of Christianity-its myths, institutions, ideas and morality-are only its outer "husk." He takes you on a journey to find the "kernel" of Christianity's appeal: religious experience. You'll travel back to Christianity's origins during its first 300 years to identify the elements that first made it appealing and which still hold the secret to its ability to attract new followers.

    MRD says: "Great professor, history of faith articulated"
    Great professor, history of faith articulated

    One of the top "course" books - tough to compare it with fiction or nonfiction

    Reviewed on November 04 2013 by MRD (beverly hills, california, United States)
  • The History of Christianity in the Reformation Era

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Brad S. Gregory
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    It still takes a major effort of historical imagination to enter the minds of those who lived during the Reformation Era; who were willing to suffer martyrdom or martyr others for what we would regard as minor doctrinal differences. These 36 lectures are designed to take you inside the minds of those who supported the Reformation and those who resisted it.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • American Religious History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
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    Have you ever wondered why America, unlike virtually any other industrial nation, continues to show so much religious vitality? Or why are the varieties of religion found in the United States are so numerous and diverse? In this vigorous series of 24 lectures, Professor Allitt argues that the best way to look for explanations of this truly remarkable vitality and diversity is to study the nation's religious history. That's a task, though, that involves more than simply examining religion from the directions you might expect....

    Quaker says: "What a surprise. I loved it!"
    What a surprise. I loved it!

    I never would have sought out this course, but I picked it up on a whim, based entirely upon the reviews on The Great Courses website. I must say than..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 03 2013 by Quaker (Philadelphia)
  • Great Figures of the New Testament

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Amy-Jill Levine
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    Improve your biblical literacy with these 24 insightful lectures about the cast of vivid characters in the New Testament. From the well-known figures of Jesus, John the Baptist, and the disciples to important but lesser known figures, such as the Syro-Phoenician woman who must turn Jesus's own words back on him to gain the healing of her daughter, Professor Levine paints vivid portraits of Christianity's founding generation.You'll learn about such figures as. the elderly couple Elizabeth and Zechariah and their son, John the Baptist;. Jesus's friends, the contemplative Mary and the vocal Martha, as well as their brother, Lazarus;. the apostles Peter and Thomas, James and John, and Judas Iscariot;. Mary Magdalene, who becomes known as the apostle to the apostles;. Paul the apostle, as presented in Acts of the Apostles and what can be determined about him from his letters;. a number of strong and interesting women, including the unnamed Samaritan and a repentant sinner who anoints Jesus; and. Jesus's interlocutors, including the centurion with a paralyzed son and the desperate Canaanite mother with a demon-possessed daughter.Rather than promoting any particular religious worldview, this course seeks to read the ancient texts anew to discover what they really say and how they were interpreted by both the secular culture and the faithful church.

    George R. Murray says: "Deceptively Modest Theme Chock Full of Knowledge"
    Deceptively Modest Theme Chock Full of Knowledge

    I enjoyed the realization of how little I (and probably 90+ percent of US Christians) really know about 1) the figures of the New Testament, 2) the hi..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 08 2013 by George R. Murray (Boise, ID USA)
  • The Book of Genesis

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gary A. Rendsburg
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    Nearly everyone in the Western world is familiar with the stories in the book of Genesis. Its language is simple. Its powerful sentences are short. And its messages glisten with clarity. But is it possible that the understanding of the book of Genesis we've all grown up with isn't as complete as we'd like to believe? That its deceptively simple sentences and surface appearance hide from contemporary readers a purposeful and intricate structure designed to let its depth and detail and implication resonate with the readers and listeners of its own time?.

    Jacobus says: "Clear, illuminating but without a PDF study guide"
    Clear, illuminating but without a PDF study guide

    Prof. Gary A Rendsburg uses clear and simple language to reflect on the subject matter at hand (some of which might be a bit technical to new comers t..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 22 2013 by Jacobus (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Jesus and the Gospels

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
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    For most of the last 2,000 years, questions about the figure of Jesus have begun with the Gospels, but the Gospels themselves raise puzzling questions about both Jesus and the religious movement within which these narratives were produced. Is it possible to shape a single picture from the various accounts of his life given us by these Gospels?

    James says: "Good Catholic Overview"
    Good Catholic Overview

    This is the second lecture series I listened to from Prof. Johnson. He is extremely well prepared and keeps the topics interesting. I clearly has no..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 13 2013 by James (Albuquerque, NM, United States)
  • The Story of the Bible

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
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    Discover the story of the world's most consistently best-selling book, which came into being through a remarkable and complicated process. In 24 stimulating lectures, Professor Johnson investigates the many forms the Bible has taken and the ways history, scholarship, and technology have helped shape this great tradition, as well as the Bible's powerful influence on human history and culture.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • Biblical Wisdom Literature

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Father Joseph Koterski, S.J.
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    In 36 thought-provoking lectures, you'll explore enlightening teachings that have inspired the world and that continue to speak to life's most important questions. Throughout, you'll benefit from Father Koterski's ecumenical perspective, as he presents these teachings within the Jewish and Christian traditions and compares the varying versions of these texts. What do these writings have to say about the great philosophical problems people seek to understand? You'll find out as you contend with the literal and figurative meanings behind some of the Bible's most essential books and parts (as well as some that many of us overlook).

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • The History of Christian Theology

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Phillip Cary
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    In this 36-lecture course, you'll find an engaging way to explore profound religious questions and the many responses believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over more than 2,000 years. Through this series, Professor Cary reveals the enduring power of the Christian tradition-as both an intellectual discipline and a spiritual path.These lectures begin at the very dawn of Christianity, as you examine some of the earliest examples of scripture recorded by the first communities of the faithful.

    Amazon Customer says: "Been Waiting for This"
    Been Waiting for This

    This is a great course with a great professor. He covered a wide range of deep topics in an easy to understand way. I would definitely look for other ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 25 2013 by Amazon Customer (PERKASIE, Panama)
  • The Lives of Great Christians

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor William R. Cook
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    Meet some of Christianity's luminary figures-the followers of Jesus who have practiced and preached their beliefs for centuries. Whether well known or obscure or even nameless, their actions and achievements, their abilities and energies have changed the course of history and the nature of belief. These 24 inspirational lectures will inspire you by the many ways these figures found to live lives of faith.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
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    These 24 lectures introduce what is considered the most important collection of post-New Testament writings. Although largely unknown and unread, these writings provide a treasure trove of insights into Christianity, and they are crucial to understanding the development of a religion that was shaped largely outside the pages of the New Testament itself.

    Jacobus says: "Typical Ehrmanish account of the Apostolic Fathers"
    Typical Ehrmanish account of the Apostolic Fathers

    Definitely yes. I have tried a few Great Courses and found them to be very interesting and informative. I have read or listened almost all prof. Ehrma..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 14 2014 by Jacobus (Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • St. Augustine's Confessions

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Ronald B. Herzman, Professor William R. Cook
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    How should parents raise children, and how should schools educate children? Why are we attracted to things that are forbidden? What is time? How can we understand God, or the nature of evil? What is true friendship? To answer these questions, Professors Cook and Herzman look to the Confessions of St. Augustine of Hippo.

    Timothy says: "An Excellent Overview!"
    An Excellent Overview!

    I listened to this alongside an audible edition of Augustine's Confessions in preparation for teaching this text at the undergraduate level. I was a ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 22 2013 by Timothy (Oak City, NC, United States)
  • Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Phillip Cary
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    How did one man-a humble monk and Bible professor-spark a religious rebellion that changed the course of history? What made Martin Luther's theology so explosive in 16th-century Europe? How did this late-medieval man launch the Protestant Reformation and help create the modern world? And how should we think of him: hero or heretic, rebel or tormented soul? Find out the answer to these questions and more in this series of 24 engaging lectures.

    George R. Murray says: "Painful but necessary; like eating your brocolli."
    Painful but necessary; like eating your brocolli.

    After listening to two of Prof. Cary's courses, I respect and appreciate his style, enthusiasm and knowledge of the material, though I cringe at his f..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 25 2013 by George R. Murray (Boise, ID USA)
  • The Catholic Church: A History

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor William R. Cook
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    How did the Catholic Church become one of the most influential institutions in the world-a force capable of moving armies, inspiring saints, and shaping the lives of a billion members? Explore these and other questions as you follow the development of this important institution in 36 informative, fascinating lectures. With Professor Cook by your side, you'll step into the world of the early church, witness the spread of Christendom, and learn about the origins of fundamental church institutions.

    P. Johnson says: "Thorough history presented in a compelling manner"
    Thorough history presented in a compelling manner

    As a college level course, the material presented is both thorough and interesting. I am on my second listening of the course because there is just s..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 21 2014 by P. Johnson (North Carolina)
  • Popes and the Papacy: A History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas F. X. Noble
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    Despite the papacy's enormous influence, how much do you really know about this ancient and powerful institution? Catholics and non-Catholics alike will enjoy these 24 illuminating lectures about this remarkable institution. Professor Noble gives you priceless insights into the dramatic history of the papal office and the lives of the men who represented it. Filled with interesting stories and remarkable insights, this course promises to educate, enlighten, and entertain you.

    Christina says: "Informative, yet apologetic, study of papacy"
    Informative, yet apologetic, study of papacy

    First, the positive:
    Professor Noble is an engaging lecturer and clear cares and knows a lot about his subject. I order this lecture hoping for a..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 23 2013 by Christina (United States)
  • The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
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    How did a persecuted sect in 1st-century Palestine rise to command such a massive influence on human culture, imagination, and spirit? How did Christianity weather the first critical stages of its historical development and attain its fundamental and enduring cultural role?

    Marc says: "Great job, making history fun to listen to"
    Great job, making history fun to listen to

    Yes, so I can retain more the info, especially the names and the did.

    Reviewed on August 09 2014 by Marc (La Verkin, UT, United States)
  • Science and Religion

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Lawrence M. Principe
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    What is the nature of the relationship between science and religion? When do they conflict? And how do they influence each other in the pursuit of knowledge and truth? While conventional wisdom says that science and theology must perpetually clash, they have actually been partners in an age-old adventure.

    Eristic says: "Amazingly interesting and comprehensive"
    Amazingly interesting and comprehensive

    I can't stop listening to this course. It is deeply interesting, very well reasoned and entertaining too. Dr. Principe covers most fallacies of reason..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 24 2013 by Eristic (SF Bay Area)
  • The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
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    In this course, an award-winning professor and New York Times best-selling author offers a penetrating investigation of the 24 most pivotal Christian controversies, shedding light on fallacies that obscure an accurate view of the religion and how it evolved into what it is today. In each lecture, you'll delve deeply into a key issue in Christianity's early development. Explore intriguing questions in this unique inquiry into the core of Christian tradition.

    Eric says: "Essential early Christian history"
    Essential early Christian history

    Ehrman is an erudite scholar of Biblical history, especially as it pertains to early Christian history. This course was so interesting and informativ..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 20 2013 by Eric (Bloomington, MN, United States)
  • How Jesus Became God

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Professor Bart D. Ehrman
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    This fundamental historical question and its complex answer speak penetratingly to the spiritual impulses, concerns, and beliefs that have played a seminal role in our world, even as they reveal the foundation of history’s most global religious movement, and fresh insights into the Western world's single most influential human being. Tackling all of these matters and more, Great Courses favorite Professor Ehrman returns with the unprecedented historical inquiry of How Jesus Became God.

    Diana says: "History Not Theology"
    History Not Theology

    2000 years is a long time. What do we really know about Jesus? And how did what we think we know come to be constructed? Ehrman makes the case that ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 12 2014 by Diana (Leeds, MA, USA)