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Religion Lecture Courses

If you are interested in religions, one of the best ways to learn more about them is through lecture courses by eminent scholars. You can browse collections of these courses under The Great Lecture Library (Chautauqua Institution), Great Courses (Teaching Company), and the The Modern Scholar (Recorded Books).

Allitt, Patrick N.
American Religious History
Examines religion not only as a set of formal beliefs, ideas, communal or institutional loyalties, and styles of worship, but also as an influence on the rest of American society. Investigates the subtle but important links which have long brought religion into close contact with the intellectual, social, economic, and political concerns of Americans.

Armstrong, Karen
The Three Monotheistic Religions: the Abrahamic Vision in the Context of the Wider Religious World
Expert on comparative religion Karen Armstrong explores the development the world's three major monotheistic traditions and the role played in each by the figure of Abraham.

Eckel, Malcolm David
Buddhism
Examines Buddhism (what it is and its history and development) in a series of 24 lectures.

Ehrman, Bart D.
After the New Testament: The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers
Professor Ehrman explains who the Apostolic Fathers were and how they shaped current Christian belief and orthodoxy.

Ehrman, Bart D.
From Jesus to Constantine: a History of Early Christianity
Presents a history of Christianity from the time of Jesus to the end of the fourth century. Includes examination of Jewish-Christian relationships, Christian relationships with the Roman Empire, persecution of Christians, and the development of church offices and theology.

Ehrman, Bart D.
The Historical Jesus
Professor Bart D. Ehrman who created this course as a companion to his 24-lecture Teaching Company course on The New Testament approaches the question from a purely historical perspective.

Ehrman, Bart D.
The New Testament
In these lectures Professor Bart D. Ehrman develops for you a carefully reasoned understanding of the New Testament and the individuals and communities who created its texts.

Gafni, Isaiah M.
Great World Religions: Judaism
Examines Judaism in a series of 12 lectures.

Goldman, Shalom
Ancient Near Eastern Mythology
The ancient myths of the Near East are the foundation stones of both Western and Middle Eastern cultures.

Hall, James
Philosophy of Religion
Explore the questions of divine existence with the tools of epistemology, the branch of philosophy that concerns itself with what we can know.

Holland, Glenn S.
Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World
This course of 48 lectures is an introduction to the religious cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world, from the earliest indications of human religious practices during the prehistoric era to the conversion of the Roman Empire to Christianity in the 4th century of the Common Era.

Johnson, Luke Timothy
The Apostle Paul
Paul is one of the most important, most controversial, and least understood figures in earliest Christianity. This course addresses many questions concerning his embattled life and work.

Kreeft, Peter
Faith and Reason: the Philosophy of Religion
A series of fourteen lectures examining the central questions of religion and faith. Examines the importance of religion in the realm of human experience and the various ways it is practiced.

Levine, Amy-Jill
The Old Testament
This course provides a detailed investigation of the Old Testament, the Scripture that emerged from the Hebrew people and still forms the foundation of the Jewish faith today, as well as underlying the Christian and Islamic traditions.

Principe, Lawrence M.
Science and Religion
Two crucial forces, science and religion, helped shape Western civilization and continue to interact in our daily lives. What is the nature of their relationship? When do they conflict, and how do they influence each other in pursuit of knowledge and truth?

Prothero, Stephen
Religions of the East: Paths to Enlightenment
The main aim of this course is to cultivate basic literacy in the principal religions of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism.

Ruderman, David B.
Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza
Between Cross and Crescent: Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza presents an overview of Jewish culture and society from its rabbinic foundations in late antiquity until the dawn of modernity in the 17th century.

Sugrue, Michael
The Bible and Western Culture
This course is a scholarly treatment of the Bible as literature that examines the many literary and cultural themes that originate in the Bible.

Last updated Thursday February 21 2008.