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    • The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch

    • By: Molly Worthen, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Molly Worthen
    • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37

    The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch picks up where The Great Courses' first history of Christianity left off: with the Protestant Reformation....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History of Christianity

    • By Catherine on 12-12-17

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Apocryphal Jesus

    • By: The Great Courses, David Brakke
    • Narrated by: David Brakke
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 169
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    The New Testament gives us 27 canonical texts - gospels, letters, and more - but these works are only a tiny fraction of the many volumes written about the life of Jesus....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Writings that influenced holy canons.

    • By Greeny on 05-10-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Books That Matter: The City of God

    • By: Charles Mathewes, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Charles Mathewes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122

    Augustine of Hippo's masterpiece The City of God is one of the greatest books ever written, yet its size - nearly 1,000 pages - too often intimidates even serious readers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible presentation of an incredible work

    • By Daniel McCormick on 12-12-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Death, Dying, and the Afterlife: Lessons from World Cultures

    • By: Mark Berkson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Berkson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 430
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 382
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 381

    After thousands of years of pondering it, we still find death one of life's most perplexing mysteries. Many cultures view death as a window into the true meaning of life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Dispassionate discussion, well researched

    • By Jacqueline B on 03-05-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Jesus and His Jewish Influences

    • By: Jodi Magness, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jodi Magness
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 188
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183

    Follow an acclaimed archaeologist to unearth the roots of Jesus' actions and teachings within the traditions and beliefs of ancient Judaism....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Christianity's cradle explored in early Judaism

    • By Jacobus on 03-15-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas

    • By: David Brakke, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: David Brakke
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 491
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 432
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 424

    This fascinating 24-lecture course is a richly detailed guide to the theology, sacred writings, rituals, and outstanding human figures of the Gnostic movements....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A excellent overview of early Gnostic traditions

    • By Jacobus on 03-07-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • How Jesus Became God

    • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 674
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 615
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 605

    The early Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth was God completely changed the course of Western civilization. What exactly happened, such that Jesus came to be considered God? Find out....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Go for it!

    • By Jeffrey on 09-20-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Sacred Texts of the World

    • By: Grant Hardy, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Grant Hardy
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 376
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332

    With few exceptions, the world's religions are anchored in their sacred texts-core writings that express the ideals and vision of the faiths, forming a basis for belief and action.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent introduction to various religions

    • By Jacobus on 03-29-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Greatest Controversies of Early Christian History

    • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332

    Explore compelling controversies that have existed surrounding the faith's first three centuries in this unique inquiry into the core of Christian tradition....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A remarkable look at early Christianity.

    • By Kate on 09-11-16

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The World of Biblical Israel

    • By: Cynthia R. Chapman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Cynthia R. Chapman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 138

    From Genesis to Job, the Hebrew scriptures contain some of the most influential stories in Western civilization....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great overview of ancient Jewish history

    • By Jason Cherniak on 11-10-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Old Testament

    • By: Amy-Jill Levine, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Amy-Jill Levine
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 710
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 628
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 618

    The Old Testament has had more meaning to more people than any other book the world has known....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A critical but inspiring 'walk thru the' Bible

    • By Jacobus on 12-14-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad

    • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
    • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 812
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 723
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 719

    No understanding of human life, individual or collective, could be complete without factoring in the role and contribution of these history-shaping teachers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Audible at its best

    • By cliff on 08-14-13

    Regular price: $41.95

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

    • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 305
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302

    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....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • An Abridged Version of "The New Testament" Course

    • By Justin Bailey on 09-03-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Dead Sea Scrolls

    • By: Gary A. Rendsburg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gary A. Rendsburg
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 570
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 509
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 505

    Learn what the scrolls are, what they contain, and how the insights they offered into religious and ancient history came into focus....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A comprehensive overview of the Qumran Scrolls

    • By Jacobus on 09-25-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Apostle Paul

    • By: Luke Timothy Johnson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 179

    Luke Timothy Johnson, 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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good overview of Paul and his works.

    • By Justin H on 03-23-14

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Reason & Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages

    • By: Thomas Williams, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Thomas Williams
    • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 71

    This course serves as a fascinating philosophical backdrop to illuminate the stimulating debates that occupied many of the greatest minds of the era....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Professor Williams Blends Reason with History

    • By Mike on 12-21-14

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions

    • By: Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark W. Muesse
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 90
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    Through sacred texts and modern scholarship, Professor Muesse reveals what it meant to be a conscious, morally responsible individual in the Axial Age....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent teaching

    • By Paul A. on 12-09-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication

    • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197

    Join the dramatic search for lost Christianities and learn why it's considered such an appealing subject to study....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Finally Understanding Bart Ehrman

    • By Michael on 08-16-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity

    • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 408
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 358

    Step back to Christianity's first three centuries to see how it transitioned from the religion of Jesus to a religion about Jesus....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Objective History of Early Christianity

    • By Wurm on 09-18-13

    Regular price: $34.95

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