Book of Genesis (The Great Courses)

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The Book of Genesis, regardless of our faith, is something with which almost all of us in the Western world are familiar—a foundational work of our culture we have read and, we believe, understood. After all, its language, despite its remarkable elegance, is simple. Its powerful sentences are short. And its messages glisten with clarity. […]

Biblical Wisdom Literature (The Great Courses)

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In the history of wisdom literature, few traditions match the solace and profundity found in the teachings of the Bible. For centuries, people have taken comfort and insight from the familiar yet eternally resonant writings of the Bible’s wisdom literature. Through their inspirational teachings, the sages of the biblical wisdom tradition offer time-honored advice about […]

After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers (The Great Courses)

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The writings that make up the New Testament stand at the very foundation of Christianity. In these 27 books that represent the earliest surviving literary works of the young church, we have what eventually came to be regarded as sacred scripture, the canon of what was to become the most powerful and influential religion in […]

Great World Religions: Christianity (The Great Courses)

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As the world’s largest religion, with more than two billion members, Christianity is “one of religion’s great success stories,” notes Professor Luke Timothy Johnson, himself a former Benedictine monk. But Christianity is more than large and popular—it is extremely complex and often highly contradictory. Christianity’s Central Creeds: Difficult to Fathom Uniquely, Christianity asserts that its […]

Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine (The Great Courses)

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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? Simply put, Christianity is powerful and persuasive as a religion. It offers a convincing personal experience of ultimate, or “divine,” power. In Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine, Professor Luke Timothy Johnson maintains […]

Story of the Bible (The Great Courses)

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Since the invention of the printing press, the world’s consistently bestselling book has been the Bible. Since 1815, it has been printed an estimated five billion times. By the end of 2005, it had been translated into 2,043 languages. In the Western world, the Bible is easy to find: In most hotel rooms, it is […]

The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation (The Great Courses)

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Christianity is the largest and most global religious tradition in history. For nearly 2,000 years, the Christian faith has remained at or near the center of Western moral debate and conceptions of human identity, just action, and ultimate meaning. It has both shaped history and responded to history, showing an extraordinary adaptability within greatly differing […]

History of Christian Theology (The Great Courses)

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Some 2,000 years ago, a man walked the earth who had a greater impact than any other person in history. Lowly born, he rose to prominence as he spread his vision of the redemption of the world. He attracted the attention of faithful disciples and suspicious local authorities. Eventually, he was tried, convicted, and executed. […]

Jesus and the Gospels (The Great Courses)

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The figure of Jesus has tantalized both Christians and non-Christians who have sought definitive answers to questions about his words, his acts, and even his very existence. For most of the last 2,000 years, the search for those answers has begun with the Gospels, but the Gospels themselves raise puzzling questions about both Jesus and […]

Great Figures of the New Testament (The Great Courses)

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Improve your biblical literacy and re-encounter the New Testament as a great repository of literary genius. This is the promise of Professor Amy-Jill Levine’s vivid portraits of the cast of characters in the New Testament. While most of the figures treated are real, historical people, at least two (the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan) […]