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    • The New Testament

    • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Original Recording
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I wasn't even interested...

    • By Nancy on 03-02-19

    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
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    No understanding of human life, individual or collective, could be complete without factoring in the role and contribution of these history-shaping teachers. Now, this 36-lecture series takes you deep into the life stories and legacies of these four iconic figures, revealing the core teachings, and thoughts of each, and shedding light on the historical processes that underlie their phenomenal, enduring impact.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wasn't what I had in mind.

    • By Jay Parker on 03-16-18

    Regular price: $41.95

    • Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    • By: Grant Hardy, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Grant Hardy
    • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as . the existence of God; . the meaning of life; and. the nature of truth and reality.This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers-from a much-honored teacher and scholar-offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi-responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Among the Best Great Courses = Don't Miss

    • By mc2 on 04-24-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Dead Sea Scrolls

    • By: Gary A. Rendsburg, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Gary A. Rendsburg
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Whether complete or only fragmentary, the 930 extant Dead Sea Scrolls irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith and religious practice. Now you can get a comprehensive introduction to this unique series of archaeological documents, and to scholars' evolving understanding of their authorship and significance, with these 24 lectures. 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 Old Testament

    • By: Amy-Jill Levine, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Amy-Jill Levine
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Original Recording
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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.

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

    • By Jacobus on 12-14-13

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Buddhism

    • By: Malcolm David Eckel, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Malcolm David Eckel
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Buddhism has captivated many millions of people around the world, its vitality and adaptability enabling it to transform the civilizations of India, Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan, and also become a lively component in the cultures of Europe, Australia, and the Americas. But have you ever wondered how a religion that doesn't even have a god could have accomplished this?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful, But So Glad There Is No Final Exam!

    • By Kindle Customer on 08-18-17

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

    • By: Mark Berkson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Berkson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
    • Original Recording
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    According to polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Forum on Religion & Public Life, the majority of Americans fail basic tests about religion, including tests on their own faith. This is troublesome because religious literacy is about so much more than naming deities or knowing the stories of ancient history. For many of us, religion is a way to examine and understand ourselves. These 24 enlightening lectures offer you the chance to experience the world's religions from all angles – historical, theological, and cultural.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All the Basics, East and West

    • By Troy on 07-13-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Catholic Church: A History

    • By: William R. Cook, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: William R. Cook
    • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
    • Original Recording
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thorough history presented in a compelling manner

    • By P. Kerlin on 01-21-14

    Regular price: $41.95

    • 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
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    This fascinating 24-lecture course is a richly detailed guide to the theology, sacred writings, rituals, and outstanding human figures of the Gnostic movements. What we call "Gnosticism" comprised a number of related religious ideologies and movements, all of which sought " gnosis," or immediate, direct, and intimate knowledge of God. The Gnostics had many scriptures, but unlike the holy texts of other religions, Gnostic scriptures were often modified over time.

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

    • By Jacobus on 03-07-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Great World Religions: Islam

    • By: John L. Esposito, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John L. Esposito
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Original Recording
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    How familiar are you with the world's second-largest and fastest-growing religion? In these 12 lectures, Professor Esposito guides you through the facts and myths surrounding Islam and its more than 1.2 billion adherents. Many in the West know little about the faith and are familiar only with the actions of a minority of radical extremists, but this lecture series will help you better understand Islam's role as both a religion and a way of life, and its deep impact on world affairs both historically and today.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Introduction with depth and without bias

    • By Richard C. on 06-18-15

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Great World Religions: Judaism

    • By: The Great Courses, Isaiah M. Gafni
    • Narrated by: Isaiah M. Gafni
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Original Recording
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    What is the essence of Judaism? Is it the Ten Commandments, given by God to Israel at Mount Sinai? Or is it the totality of teachings in the Hebrew Bible? Or is it symbolized by something outside the Bible? Find out with this illuminating 12-lecture investigation of the fundamental concepts, beliefs, issues, and themes in the ever-changing, 4,000-year-old saga of Judaism, one of the world's most ancient and influential faiths. Throughout the lectures, you'll study Judaism from within-as it was understood by its adherents in the past and by those who practice or identify with Judaism today.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Oldest Religion of the Book Explained

    • By SAMA on 12-03-13

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Holy Land Revealed

    • By: Jodi Magness, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jodi Magness
    • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
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    As the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, the Holy Land (in and around modern-day Israel) is one of the most important regions in the world and the setting for defining events in religious history. Comb through this evidence for yourself with The Holy Land Revealed, which will add new dimensions to your understanding of this dynamic place. Delivered by archaeologist and award-winning Professor Jodi Magness of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, these 36 lectures give you an insider’s look at how archaeology helps us relive this period of civilization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • There's a whole lecture about a toilet

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-26-19

    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
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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.

    • 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 History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation

    • By: Luke Timothy Johnson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
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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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding historian; well-rounded history

    • By Joseph T. Richardson on 02-13-17

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Historical Jesus

    • By: Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Original Recording
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Authoritative

    • By Tad Davis on 11-16-13

    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
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Go for it!

    • By Jeffrey on 09-20-15

    Regular price: $34.95

    • The Holy Bible in Audio - King James Version: The Old Testament

    • By: King James Version
    • Narrated by: David Cochran Heath
    • Length: 55 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    The Old Testament: The King James Version has continued to this day to be one of the most beloved and widely sought after translations of the bible into the English language. Now over 400 years old, the King James Version has been shaping Christians for centuries with its majesty and solemnity.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Missing Audio Zechariah Chapter 1

    • By Elias Cajero-Alvarez on 10-12-16

    Regular price: $26.24

    • The History of Christian Theology

    • By: Phillip Cary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Phillip Cary
    • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
    • Original Recording
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Been Waiting for This

    • By Slinksterchic on 09-25-13

    Regular price: $41.95

    • The Story of the Bible

    • By: Luke Timothy Johnson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Luke Timothy Johnson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Original Recording
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a Wonderful Class

    • By Michael on 07-09-15

    Regular price: $34.95

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

    • By: Bart D. Ehrman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Bart D. Ehrman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
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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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Helpful, biased, informative, broad

    • By Michael on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $34.95

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