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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 68
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 159

    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 147
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    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 475
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 423
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 420

    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
    • Everything about death and dying you want to know

    • By Jacobus on 03-23-16

    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 222
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 199
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 194

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

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not entirely what I expected, but still a great course.

    • By Paul D. on 07-05-16

    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 533
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 469
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 463

    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 15 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 715
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 654
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 642

    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 390
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 346

    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 385
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 353

    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 167
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 150

    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 803
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 713
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 703

    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 56 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 906
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 802
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 801

    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
    • Brilliant introduction to those 4 great teachers

    • By Curdy on 11-21-13

    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 358
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 318

    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 647
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 578
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 573

    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 218
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    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 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    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 95
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85

    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 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 228
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 204

    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 21 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 451
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 400
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 393

    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
    • Wonderful survey of historical Christianity

    • By Carl D. Smith on 03-29-17

    Regular price: $34.95

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