The Bible through the Ages

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The Bible through the Ages

  • Professor, Saint Mary’s College of California
24 Lectures (9 Discs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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The Bible is fundamental to Christianity. In this course, you will understand how the Bible has been understood through the ages.

The importance of the Bible cannot 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 amongst the faithful.

How should we approach this book of such spiritual power? This 24-lecture course 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. By learning about the history of biblical interpretation, you will be better able to approach the Bible today.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
    Theme I: The Birth of Christian Interpretation
  • Introduction: The Importance of Interpretation
  • The Beginnings of Christian Interpretation: The Jewish Matrix, Part 1
  • The Beginnings of Christian Interpretation: The Jewish Matrix, Part 2
  • The Beginnings of Christian Interpretation: The Jewish Matrix, Part 3
  • Christ Is the Key: Prophetic Interpretation of the Old Testament
  • A Shadow of What Is To Come: Typological Interpretation

  • Theme II: Spiritual/Allegorical Interpretation
  • Introduction to Allegory
  • The Logic of Allegory
  • Allegory as Spiritual Practice
  • The Problems with Allegory and Its Boundaries

  • Theme III: Literal Interpretation
  • The Rise of the Literal Sense
  • Sola Scriptura
  • Perspicuity and Fragmentation

  • Theme IV: The Enlightenment and Historical Criticism
  • The Dawn of Modernity
  • Baruch Spinoza
  • Modern Interpretation
  • The Quest for the Historical Jesus
  • Responses to Enlightenment Exegesis
  • Fundamentalism and the Bible
  • Fundamentalist Exegesis
  • Modern Catholics and the Bible

  • Theme V: Postmodernity
  • The Postmodern World
  • Feminist Biblical Exegesis
  • Theological Biblical Interpretation
About Your Presenter

David Zachariah Flanagin, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California, where he teaches courses in the development of Christian thought and in biblical studies. His teaching has earned him recognition by the student body as Faculty Member of the Year. Prof. Flanagin received his doctorate in the History of Christianity from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. He is the author of a number of articles on late-medieval ecclesiology and biblical interpretation. He is the co-editor (with Christopher M. Bellitto) of Reassessing Reform: An Historical Investigation into Church Renewal, published by Catholic University of America Press. In addition to his academic duties, he lectures frequently at churches on topics in the Bible and theology.


Praise for Zach Flanagin

“Zach Flanagin is an outstanding historian… thoroughly grounded in his material, but with special gifts as a lecturer. His works in late medieval spirituality are top-notch and I commend him for searching out the origins of this spirituality in its very beginnings.”
– Geral...

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Excellent instructor, great information, great delivery Review by Carma (Posted on 9/3/2015)
Gives a basis to understand the currents in Christian thought, how the vast variety of thought in the many creeds people claim to be Christian (Religious Right, Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran and all their synods, Coptic, Greek, Orthodox, Ecumenical..........) Review by Allan Hanson, River Falls, WI, USA (Posted on 4/13/2015)
clarity of presentation. vivid examples. content. Review by Charlottesville, Va, (Posted on 4/13/2015)
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