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by Luke Timothy Johnson

For most of the last 2,000 years, questions about the figure of Jesus have begun with the Gospels, but the Gospels themselves raise puzzling questions about both Jesus and the religious movement within which these narratives were produced. Is it possible to shape a single picture from the various accounts of his life given us by these Gospels? This far-ranging course examines not only the canonical Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John familiar to us from the New Testament, but also the many other, apocryphal narratives and literary works that have contributed to our perceptions of Jesus, Mary, and Christianity - all of which are encompassed by the word "Gospel." In these 36 engaging lectures, you'll discover the human Jesus that underlies many portraits we have. After introducing you to the era's volatile mixture of Mediterranean culture, Greek ideals and realities, Roman governance, and the religion of Israel, Professor Johnson turns to the Gospels and provides close analyses of key lines of text, explanations of the significance of language and terminology, and overviews of important issues with which scholars have long grappled. You'll learn about the different issues of faith each Gospel emphasizes, as well as the real-world logistics of spreading that faith during the early Christian era. But it is the figure addressed by the Gospels who dominates these lectures, sometimes in ways less familiar than the portrayals of Jesus we most often encounter. Beyond the portrayal in the synoptic gospels, you'll study what the apocryphal narratives have to say about the childhood of Jesus. Among other things, you'll also learn about the source of Roman Catholicism's doctrine of Mary and examine the 2nd century faith of Gnosticism.
Download Jesus and the Gospels epub
ISBN: 1565859421
ISBN13: 978-1565859425
Category: No category
Author: Luke Timothy Johnson
Language: English
Publisher: Teaching Company (January 1, 2004)
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Rating: 4.4
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I've watched about 9 lectures so far and will post more after finishing the series. The first several lectures are on how the gospels came to be written. The information wasn't new to me, which could explain a little of my disappointment with them, but I've watched many things with already learned information that I still found to be valuable reviews and interesting for watching/listening. Sadly, I mostly found the presentations on this one to be boring and lacking in energy. Hopefully, the series will pick up, but so far the ones actually dealing with the material seem primarily to be applying complex and esoteric constructs to the gospels, and again not in an interesting manner. I'll have to re-listen to them again--I'll have to admit that the presentations just don't capture my attention the way some of the Great Courses do, and that's despite my avid interest in the subject itself.
Loved LTJ presentation. Unfortunately only received 3rd volume-well-worth the price, but wished I had the volume I ordered.