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Professor Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor Luke Timothy Johnson
  • Emory University
  • Yale University
I strive to make philosophy accessible and lovable to everyone. If everyone embraced philosophy, the world would be a much better place.

Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Emory University's Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Johnson earned a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Yale University, as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Indiana University, an M.Div. in Theology from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. A former Benedictine monk, Professor Johnson has taught at Yale Divinity School and Indiana University, where he received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, was elected a member of the Faculty Colloquium in Teaching, and won the Brown Derby Teaching Award and the Student Choice Award for teaching. At Emory University, he has twice received the On Eagle's Wings Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2007 he received the Candler School of Theology Outstanding Service Award. His most recent award is the 2011 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for the ideas set forth in his 2009 book, Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity. Professor Johnson is the author of more than 20 books, including The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels and The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, which is widely used as a textbook. He has also published several hundred scholarly articles and reviews.

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71 Courses and Sets

  1. Apostle Paul

    Apostle Paul

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $134.95 $89.95$134.95
    Historian and Professor Luke Timothy Johnson offers a fresh and historically grounded assessment of the life and letters of Christianity's "apostle to the Gentiles" in The Apostle Paul. This illuminating course addresses many questions concerning Paul's embattled life and work. Is Paul the inventor of Christianity or part of a larger movement? Why does he focus on the moral character of the community? How do his...
  2. Jesus and the Gospels

    Jesus and the Gospels

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Who was Jesus? Is it possible to shape a single picture from the various accounts of his life? Jesus and the Gospels examines the canonical Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John familiar to us from the New Testament, as well as the many other, apocryphal narratives and literary works that have contributed to our perceptions of Jesus, Mary, and Christianity. Award-winning Professor Luke Timothy Johnson designed...
  3. Story of the Bible

    Story of the Bible

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Is the Bible a divinely inspired message, the work of human authors, or both? Translated and distributed all over the world, it bears the mark of the many cultures that have debated its meaning and prized its wisdom. In this course, Luke Timothy Johnson can illuminate for you the remarkable and complicated process by which this important book came into being.
  4. Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine Sale

    Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Save up to $220.00 Starting at $29.95 $34.95 $29.95$34.95
    What accounts for Christianity’s continuing success in what some would characterize as a "post-Christian" world? By looking at Christianity’s early history, Professor Luke Timothy Johnson sheds light on the religion’s enduring source of inspiration.
  5. The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation

    The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Christianity is the largest and most global religious tradition in history. For nearly 2,000 years, the Christian faith has remained at or near the center of Western moral debate and conceptions of human identity, just action, and ultimate meaning. It has both shaped history and responded to history, showing an extraordinary adaptability within greatly differing cultures. Its practice and influence appears in every...
  6. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  7. Great World Religions: Christianity

    Great World Religions: Christianity

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    The lectures of Great World Religions: Christianity provide you with a clear survey of the most important elements of a vital religious tradition that has become the world's largest faith. In award-winning Professor Luke Timothy Johnson's course, consider fundamental issues including Christianity's birth and expansion across the Mediterranean world, the development of its core doctrine, its deep connections to...
  8. Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Sale

    Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Save up to $325.00 Starting at $39.95 $49.95 $39.95$49.95
    While mysticism is often associated with Eastern religions, the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each have their own rich mystical traditions. With expert religious scholar Professor Luke Timothy Johnson as your guide, learn how mysticism forms a crucial-yet often overlooked-part of these three faiths. In 36 lectures, you investigate each monotheistic religion's wealth of spiritual...
  9. Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists Sale

    Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Save up to $100.00 Starting at $29.95 $29.95 $29.95$29.95
    Imagine a course that teaches you not only how to think like the great philsophers, but how to live. Greeks and Romans of the early imperial period are often overlooked in the annals of philosophical study, but provided down-to-earth advice on how to live a solid, happy life. Professor Luke Timothy Johnson returns to The Teaching Company to study these geat thinkers with you.
  10. (Set) Story of the Bible & Jesus and the Gospels  Set

    (Set) Story of the Bible & Jesus and the Gospels

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  11. (Set) The Catholic Church & Story of the Bible  Set

    (Set) The Catholic Church & Story of the Bible

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Explore the vast and fascinating history of one of the most influential institutions in the world with The Catholic Church: A History with noted historian and Professor William R. Cook. In 36 informative and engaging lectures, follow the development of this powerful religious force throughout the centuries and witness its ability to move armies, inspire saints, and shape the lives and spirits of its more than 1...
  12. (Set) Holy Land Revealed & Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine  Set

    (Set) Holy Land Revealed & Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
  13. (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Embark on a grand journey through the nature of religious experience as it is lived and felt around the world with this two-course set. Start with a detailed look at the mystical aspects of the three Abrahamic faiths with Mystical Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Then, in the 60 lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, get an insider's look at Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism...
  14. (Set) The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation & History of Christian Theology   Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation & History of Christian Theology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Discover the rich past behind Christianity with this enlightening two-title set. In The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation, you'll learn the phenomenal story of Christianity's first 1,500 years, in all its remarkable diversity and complex dimension. And in The History of Christian Theology, you'll look at the power of Christianity as both an intellectual discipline and a...
  15. (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  16. (Set) Early Christianity/Apostle Paul  Set

    (Set) Early Christianity/Apostle Paul

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
  17. (Set) History of Ancient Egypt & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) History of Ancient Egypt & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.70 Starting at $699.70 $1,519.70 $699.70$1,519.70
    In History of Ancient Egypt, award-winning Professor Bob Brier guides you through the full 3,000 years of recorded ancient Egyptian history. Then, venture into the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in the 60 enjoyable and informative lectures of Great World Religions, 2nd Edition.
  18. (Set) Biblical Wisdom Literature & Story of the Bible  Set

    (Set) Biblical Wisdom Literature & Story of the Bible

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  19. (Set)  Great World Religions & Old Testament Set

    (Set) Great World Religions & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  20. (Set) Historical Jesus & Jesus and the Gospels  Set

    (Set) Historical Jesus & Jesus and the Gospels

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Shed new light on Christian history, thought, and belief with this two-course set that brings together two of Professor Luke Timothy Johnson's most popular religion courses. In Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine, he takes you on a journey to find the "kernel" of Christianity's appeal throughout history. Then, in Jesus and the Gospels, he explores the various depictions of Jesus—from the canonic...
  21. (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Comparative Religion  Set

    (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Comparative Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Take two unique approaches to the study of the world's great faiths with two insightful religious scholars and professors. In Mystical Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, examine the mystical teachers, practices, and literatures of these three monotheistic faiths. Then, in Comparative Religion, take an in-depth look at how five great faiths address core issues in parallel and different ways.
  22. (Set)  The History of Christianity & The Cathedral Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity & The Cathedral

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  23. (Set) Introduction to the Study of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Introduction to the Study of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
  24. (Set) Early Christianity/Lost Christianities Set

    (Set) Early Christianity/Lost Christianities

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  25. (Set) Philosophy of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Philosophy of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.70 Starting at $649.70 $1,374.70 $649.70$1,374.70
    Approach religion from a spiritual and philosophical perspective in this two-course set delivered by a team of expert religion scholars. First, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition. Next, explore piercing questions about divine existence with the tools of epistemology—the branch of philosophy that concerns itself with...
  26. (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Story of the Bible  Set

    (Set) Dead Sea Scrolls & Story of the Bible

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Uncover the stories behind two of the most important documents in religious history with this illuminating course set. Start with The Dead Sea Scrolls, a comprehensive introduction to the archaeological documents that have irrevocably altered how we look at and understand the foundations of faith. Next, in The Story of the Bible, learn about the many forms the Bible has taken; the ways history, scholarship, and...
  27. (Set) Jesus and the Gospels; Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Story of the Bible; & Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine  Set

    (Set) Jesus and the Gospels; Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Story of the Bible; & Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $659.80 Starting at $659.80 $1,259.80 $659.80$1,259.80
    Discover why award-winning Professor Luke Timothy Johnson is one of our most popular teachers with these four courses that illustrate his fascinating approach to critical issues of faith: Jesus and the Gospels; Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; The Story of the Bible; and Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine.
  28. (Set) Popes and the Papacy & Early Christianity  Set

    (Set) Popes and the Papacy & Early Christianity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  29. (Set) History of Christian Theology & Jesus and the Gospels  Set

    (Set) History of Christian Theology & Jesus and the Gospels

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Who was Jesus? How do the canonic Gospels and apocryphal narratives help us better understand his life and teachings? Discover the answers with this two-course set. In The History of Christian Theology, investigate the many responses that Christian believers and scholars have developed to more than 2,000 years of questions about the faith. Then, in Jesus and the Gospels, explore the various depictions of Jesus that...
  30. (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & History of Christian Theology Set

    (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & History of Christian Theology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90