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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.
©2006 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2006 The Great Courses
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By Amazon Customer on 07-09-15

Good historical background

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend to those interested in or curious about (or misinformed about) how the Catholic/Christian Bible came about.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most: The story, in general.
Least: LTJ's "I'm smarter than you; that's how it is; deal with it." attitude/tone.

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

Dry Arrogant Well-researched

Do you think The Story of the Bible needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It needs a re-telling by someone other than LTJ; someone concerned about the subject matter AND the reader/listener (as opposed to himself and the subject matter).

Any additional comments?

I admit to having listened to several LTJ audiobooks. I have done so reluctantly because he does, in my humble opinion, research his topic, dig deeply into questions and details many others ignore or overlook and cover the entirety of the topic. His personal delivery style, however, leave me feeling negatively at many points, simply because he comes across as "talking down" to his audience.

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By Michael on 07-09-15

What a Wonderful Class

Where does The Story of the Bible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is in the top five.

Any additional comments?

This was a clear and balanced presentation of the bible for all denominations. The depth of knowledge Prof. Johnson shares is outstanding.

It was great to have someone who actually believes in Christ as our Lord actually give a class on Christianity on the "Great Courses".

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By Amazon Customer on 03-04-15

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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