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Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean » Podcast

By Philip A. Harland

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The Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast explores social and religious life in the Greco-Roman world, especially early Christianity including the New Testament. Half-hour episodes are released bi-weekly from September to June (with a summer break in July and August). These episodes are not scripted; they are edited versions of improvised lectures from point-form notes.

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Better than I thought it would be. Just like sitting in a lecture......not really entertaining but so educational. I've learned a lot listening to this podcast. Only downside is that the sound keeps chopping in and out and changing tone. It can be kind of distracting.

Things You Never Learned From Church Sermons

What a gift! I do not believe in a personal god. Man must be god to man. We must bring our sisters and brothers out of the agony hunger, torment and injustice. Yet I, a non-believer say Philip Harland's lectures are a gift. I find his talks to be intellectually entertaining. Every Christian should listen to these podcasts which Philip painstakingly puts together. If you want to convince me that Jesus Christ is my savior, you better know the handbook of the Christian faith better than I do. Philip offers you and me insights into the gospels and apocraphal texts in way that makes them easily understood. He has a clear and fluent speaking manner. Philip has one of those friendly voices that welcomes one back to podcast after podcast. I hope to hear much more from this imaginative and academic calibre speaker. Earl Williams, Surrey, British Columbia

Don't be fooled

First and foremost - How is this the history of religions (yes plural) of the ancient mediterranean? It is at best a history of early christianity. Don't get me wrong. I have listen to a large part of it and continue to do so. Philip Harland has some good things to say about early christians and the world as they saw it. The podcast is hardly what the title proclaims the subject to be. I would be so much richer for me if he had more aptly title it according to the subject. Perhaps I am being a bit petty in demanding truth of advertising from podcast's in general. But, Philip Harland is presenting a pseudo-scolarly work based on a specific premise and delivering completely different content. I'm sorry,but it just seems like deceitful to me.
Having said that I applaud Harland's presentation of the material. He seems to have fantastic grasp of the subject. If he had called it 'something-something-something... Early Christianity' this would be nothing but praise. I am sorry, but as I listened I am became more annoyed that Harland would present a history of religions (plural) and couch christianity as the only religion worth mentioning in the ancient mediterranean. Especially when it was a tiny proportion of the overall religious experience happening in the time period he is covering.

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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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