Jesus and the Gospels (Audiobook)

ISBN: 1565859421

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Jesus and the Gospels (Audiobook) By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
Publisher: The Teac hing Com pany 2004 | 18 hours and 30 mins | ISBN: 1565859421 | MP3 | 554 MB

The figure of Jesus has tantalized both Christians and non-Christians who have sought definitive answers to questions about his words, his acts, and even his very existence.

For most of the last 2,000 years, the search for those answers has begun with the Gospels, but the Gospels themselves raise puzzling questions about both Jesus and the religious movement within which these narratives were produced. They also provide sometimes bewilderingly diverse images of Jesus.

What accounts for this great diversity in the images of Jesus that have emerged, or in the approaches taken to understanding the story of his death and resurrection? Is it possible to shape a single picture from the various accounts of his life given us by these Gospels? Can we really know who Jesus was?

What are the 'Gospels' and What Can We Learn from Them?

Jesus and the Gospels is a far-ranging course. It examines not only the canonical Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John familiar to us from the New Testament, but also the many other, apocryphal narratives and literary works that have contributed to our perceptions of Jesus, Mary, and Christianity. All of these works are encompassed by the word "Gospel."

Professor Luke Timothy Johnson attempts to show us the human Jesus underlying the many portraits we have. He approaches the Gospels and our perceptions of Jesus from a different perspective than the popular quest for the "historical Jesus." (The Teaching Company course The Historical Jesus offers a fascinating look at this approach.)

Professor Johnson asserts that the portrait of Jesus addressed by such an approach, legitimate and compelling though such an approach may be, leads to questions that are virtually "impossible to answer satisfactorily" through proper historical methods.

"It is, after all, as literature that the Gospels influenced history. And it is through literature that present-day readers can continue to encounter Jesus," he says.

Veteran Teaching Company Professor Johnson has designed this course to examine the Gospels as literary productions. The lectures seek to encounter not the Jesus behind those compositions, but the Jesus found within them.

"This is precisely the Jesus who has shaped Western culture, that has shaped the Christian religion," he says.

"It has never been the historical Jesus who has served as the motivating force for anything, except during his lifetime, but rather the Jesus who is inscribed in these Gospels."

Professor Johnson, who spent nine years as a Benedictine monk, is one of his field's most distinguished and famous scholars. He is the author of 20 books and several hundred articles and reviews, and has been repeatedly honored for his teaching skills. At Emory University, he has twice received the "On Eagle's Wings Excellence in Teaching" award.

In these lectures, presented with passion, a scholar's attention to nuance, and a delightful sense of humor, he considers not only what is being said, but how it is being said. And because these narratives were born of an oral tradition, he often reads aloud to best convey their full richness and original meanings.

Professor Johnson uses a vivid example of a family's recollections of a grandmother's life and advice to illustrate how such oral traditions evolve and the role they would have played in creating memories of Jesus. His example makes it clear how such a process would have been at work, allowing a common understanding of Jesus to grow among his first followers and subsequent converts.

Course Lecture Titles
  • 1. Why Not "The Historical Jesus"?
  • 2. The Starting Point—The Resurrection Experience
  • 3. The Matrix—Symbolic World of Greek and Jew
  • 4. Parallels—Stories of Greek and Jewish Heroes
  • 5. The Context—Jesus in the Memory of the Church
  • 6. Earliest Stages—Paul and the Oral Tradition
  • 7. Why Compose Gospels?
  • 8. The Synoptic Problem and Its Solutions
  • 9. Gospel of Mark—Apocalyptic and Irony
  • 10. Gospel of Mark—Good News in Mystery
  • 11. Gospel of Mark—Teacher and Disciples
  • 12. Gospel of Mark—Passion and Death
  • 13. Gospel of Matthew—Synagogue Down the Street
  • 14. Gospel of Matthew—The Messiah of Israel
  • 15. Gospel of Matthew—Jesus and Torah
  • 16. Gospel of Matthew—Teacher and Lord
  • 17. Luke-Acts—The Prophetic Gospel
  • 18. Gospel of Luke—God’s Prophet
  • 19. Gospel of Luke—The Prophet and the People
  • 20. The Twentieth Century’s Greatest Invention?
  • 21. Gospel of John—Context of Conflict
  • 22. Gospel of John—Jesus as the Man from Heaven
  • 23. Gospel of John—Jesus as Obedient Son
  • 24. Gospel of John—Witness to the Truth
  • 25. In and Out—Canonical and Apocryphal Gospels
  • 26. Young Jesus—The Infancy Gospel of James
  • 27. Young Jesus—The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
  • 28. Jewish Christian Narrative Gospels
  • 29. Fragments of Narrative Gospels—Gospel of Peter
  • 30. New Revelations—Gnostic Witnesses
  • 31. Jesus in Word—The Coptic Gospel of Thomas
  • 32. Jesus in Word—Two Gnostic Gospels
  • 33. The Gnostic Good News—The Gospel of Truth
  • 34. The Gnostic Good News—The Gospel of Philip
  • 35. Jesus in and Through the Gospels
  • 36. Learning Jesus in Past and Present

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