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I had trouble finding a good overview of biblical Jewish history and this is it. Exactly what I was hoping for!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The World of Biblical Israel the most enjoyable?
Professor Chapman offers an outstanding course on the World of Biblical Israel. It is thorough, insightful, and her presentations are enjoyable. As a Catholic deacon who has studied Scripture extensively, I would strongly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to understand the life and struggles of a people whose blessing paradoxically comes from wrestling with God.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
This was an extremely interesting lecture course from which I learned a huge amount. It describes the period of Jewish history covered in the Old Testament, including some remarkable insights into everyday life. As with all Great Courses series, there is a lot of detail about content on the Great Courses web site. The lecturer gives the impression of being extremely learned and her presentation is extremely clear with an astonishing absence of stumbles. I decided to rate it as 4 rather than 5 because the whole thing is a bit too serious. The best Great Courses lecturers inject a healthy amount of humour and their own personality -- this course had very little of either. As a result I found that I had to concentrate at times to follow the material in detail. But having said that I am very pleased that I listened to this course because it was so informative and so interesting.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Well, there were some good facts brought out. An interesting take on the culture.
For those who are quite familiar with the topic, the interpretations were in some instances outlandish and unsubstantiated. The tone is somewhat combatative.
This is not particularly archaeological in nature. Takes more a sociological measure of history.