Great Figures of the New Testament : The Great Courses: Christianity

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Amy-Jill Levine
  • Series: The Great Courses: Christianity
  • 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Unusual and Interesting Approach to New Testament

Whether you know the New Testament very well or have just a rough memory of the key stories and books, this course is an interesting and worthwhile listen. As with all Great Courses I recommend looking at the Great Courses web site for details of content, but I think that it is worth mentioning that the title is in some ways a bit misleading. Some of the "Great Figures" are those one would expect (disciples, Paul, Jesus etc) but lectures concern categories of people rather than specific individuals, e.g. Roman soldiers. What each lecture does is discuss the role(s) of the person or people in question within the New Testament, and then discuss their role in subsequent literary and other culture. I found this an effective and interesting format. Professor Levine is a very enthusiastic lecturer. Sometimes her diction is not optimal (she swallows key words sometimes) and she tends to sigh rather a lot, but this did not get in the way of me enjoying this course.
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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses