The Story of the Bible : The Great Courses: Christianity

  • by The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Narrated by Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Series: The Great Courses: Christianity
  • 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

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.
The Bible has long served as a powerful force, both reflecting and shaping the cultures that have read and embraced it. Over the centuries, perceptions of the Bible have inspired men and women and shaped nations; they've sent nations to war and martyrs to their deaths. The struggle of translation has been a battleground for controlling the meaning of sacred text, a struggle that reached its peak during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.
From the early history of the New Testament, when Hebrew and Greek sources built a new story on the foundation of the ancient Jewish tradition, to the world-changing invention of the printing press, a revolutionary innovation that contributed to the Protestant Reformation, this enthralling story gives you a deep appreciation for the tremendous power of this astonishing book - one that has endured through centuries and touched the lives of countless millions.
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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Good, but i woulden't recommend

Would you try another book written by The Great Courses and Luke Timothy Johnson or narrated by Professor Luke Timothy Johnson?

Yes, although I'd actually recommend you get "The History of Christianity" audiobook in preference to this one.

Both are interesting listens, but a lot of the content is either very similar or outright copy/pasted between the two. The history of Christianity one has the benefit of not referencing materials which aren't included in the audible version.



What will your next listen be?

I honestly don't know yet


What three words best describe Professor Luke Timothy Johnson’s voice?

Generic American er i need a 3rd, um ..... sausages?

Unlike some audiobooks, there's no bait and switch. What you hear in the sample is what it's like all the way through.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Story of the Bible?

I'd try and remove as much of the overlap between this book and the history of Christianity as possible (although i appreciate that to telling the story of one inherently involves telling the story of the other to a certain extent).


Any additional comments?

Audible really should include the pdf that you get if you brought this book on the great courses site.

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Book Details

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