The History of the Bible: Explore 2,000 Years of Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Impact by David Zachariah Flanagin was an unexpected choice/read for me as I am not a member of any particular religion, nor do I attend any religious services, or have a deep knowledge or understanding of any one particular religion.
Christianity is the prevalent religion in western culture and has a long, rich, complex, and varied history over the centuries. Due to Christianity's long history and significant, cultural impact on society, I found myself wanting to listen to the history of the bible through David Zachariah Flanagin's exploration of '2,000 Years of Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Impact'... Especially with the Christmas holiday fast approaching at the end of December when I initially began listening to this audiobook.
I wasn't expecting 'to be wowed' The History of the Bible: Explore 2,000 Years of Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Impact by David Zachariah Flanagin, but this audiobook greatly exceeded my expectation. David Zachariah Flanagin is a professor of theology and religious studies at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California. So David Zachariah Flanagin really knows his subject matter well. David Zachariah Flanagin narrates his own audiobook too and you can hear his passion about the subject matter.
Additionally, The History of the Bible: Explore 2,000 Years of Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Impact has been published by Learn 25. Learn 25 reminds me a lot of The Great Courses. I have enjoyed listening to a few other works published through Learn 25 about the US Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall, and the American Constitution. If you like The Great Courses format, then you'll probably enjoy the Learn 25 programs as well.
Below is a summary for The History of the Bible: Explore 2,000 Years of Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Impact by David Zachariah Flanagin from Audible:
Explore the 2,000-year impact of the most-read book ever written. I am giving The History of the Bible: Explore 2,000 Years of Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Impact by David Zachariah Flanagin a rating of 5 stars out of 5 stars.
The Bible’s importance can hardly be overstated: Jesus and the earliest Christians shaped their self-identity from its pages, medieval monks spent countless hours meditating on the sacred words, and reformers have been inspired by its radical message to speak the truth of the Gospel. While its message has unified believers through the centuries, debates about biblical interpretation have also caused divisions among the faithful.
This 24-lecture audio course, taught by award-winning professor Zach Flanagin, guides you through over two millennia of biblical interpretation. You will explore the most important ways people have read the Bible in ancient history and in modern times.
After looking at how early Christians inherited scriptural approaches from Judaism, you will explore the tradition of allegorical interpretation in antiquity and the Middle Ages. Next, you will survey the important movements of scholasticism, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation, and the Enlightenment, which led to profound debates about the nature of the authority of the Bible and the Church. Finally, you will consider the current state of biblical interpretation, where many different voices are being heard.
Until my next post, happy reading!!