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Introduction to New Testament History and Literature - Audio

by Dale B. Martin

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(RLST 152) This course provides a historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, concentrating on the New Testament. Although theological themes will occupy much of our attention, the course does not attempt a theological appropriation of the New Testament as scripture. Rather, the importance of the New Testament and other early Christian documents as ancient literature and as sources for historical study will be emphasized. A central organizing theme of the course will focus on the differences within early Christianity (-ies). This course was recorded in Spring 2009.

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Stop Looking!

This is hands down the best thing that has ever possessed my iPod! I chain-played the audio version, and now I'm going to go through the video version.

Dr. Martin takes you through the New Testament and early "Christianities" with an abundance of energy and knowledge. He makes you come at the Bible from a new way. You don't have to be religious; you just have to be interested in the Bible as literature or as history.

And it's free!!

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This is the first time I have ever written a review, and it is only because this is hands down the most interesting college lecture I have ever heard. Not even courses from my undergrad or masters level courses compare to this lecture. I have learned so much that I truly never knew or picked up on. Deffinately recommend!!

De omnibus dubitandum

Though I have fallen away, I spent some time in a fundamentalist Christian church in my teenage years. The thing I loved about it, compared to the more liberal churches I had been raised in, was the honest spirit of inquiry I saw in the Bible study classes. People really wanted to argue about what the Bible said about specific things, rather than accept a dogma from some higher authority. Professor Martin brings this same spirit to his lectures. His lecture style is not authoritarian at all. Over and over again, he tells the class that their motto should be "De omnibus dubitandum" (Everything is to be doubted), and he is never shy about giving the class every opportunity to dispute his points. The only downside to this course is that I can not be physically present in his classroom to hear it, and join in the discussion.