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The guided reviews are simply unsuited to reviewing the great courses series.
Ehrman has written books on the subject, but hearing him go through the material in the style of a lecture really helped me to understand early gnostic and heretical/non proto-orthodox beliefs.
If you're interested in the early formation of Christianity before the establishment of the orthodox canon, this is the way to go. Great work, great explanations, just plain great. Well worth the listen, fully recommended.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication to be better than the print version?
I did not reads the print version.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Interesting question for a course review. Um, Eucibius? Seriously, Professor Ehrman did a wonderful job of giving biographies of the various historical figures who were involved in both the creating of these books (where thay are known) and in those who criticized them. It gives a lot of insight into why various writing did or did not make it into the Christian canon.
Have you listened to any of Professor Bart D. Ehrman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, he is an excellent scholar and an entertaining lecturer. I can't say that it is any better than any other, nor any worse. They are all excellent.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Fascinating question. At times, it did make me laugh, but it also helped me to understand some facits of Christianity that I have always found puzzling. Professor Ehrman is a true scholar and a wonderful lecturer.
Any additional comments?
If I were still attending college and had the opportunity to sign up for one of Prfoessor Ehrman's classes, I do it in a heartbeat.
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this course expands on a theme that is often referred to in histories of early Cgristianity; variations frim orthodoxy.
I paired it with a history if Judaism in the late Second Temple Period which worked well fir me.
I have tried to find fault with Professor Ehrman's logic many times and inly occasionally made it as far as raised eyebrows.
A well-crafted and comprehensive series of lectures that are full of insights. Even so, the professor doesn't appear to be a friend of the church. He is less than generous towards conservative Christian scholarship