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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.


"Luke Timothy Johnson possessses the rare skills that enable him to present difficult subjects in a comprehensive - and easily understandable manner."


"Professor Johnson's presentations were not only informative and thought-provoking; they often had the feel of sitting in the room with a well-informed friend sharing his thoughts."

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  1. Apostle Paul Sale

    Apostle Paul

    Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D.
    Save up to $110.00 Starting at $19.95 $24.95 $19.95$24.95
    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. 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, Ph.D.
    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...
  3. Jesus and the Gospels

    Jesus and the Gospels

    Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D.
    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...
  4. Story of the Bible Sale

    Story of the Bible

    Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D.
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    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.
  5. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D.
    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.
  6. Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine Sale

    Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

    Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D.
    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $29.95 $49.95 $29.95$49.95
    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.
  7. Great World Religions: Christianity

    Great World Religions: Christianity

    Luke Timothy Johnson, Ph.D.
    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, Ph.D.
    Save up to $305.00 Starting at $39.95 $69.95 $39.95$69.95
    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, Ph.D.
    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.