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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 Sale

    Apostle Paul

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    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. Jesus and the Gospels Sale

    Jesus and the Gospels

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    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 Sale

    Story of the Bible

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    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.
  4. Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

    Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    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. 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...
  6. The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation Sale

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

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $49.95 $99.95 $49.95$99.95
    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...
  7. 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.
  8. Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    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

    Practical Philosophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $129.95 $129.95$129.95
    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)  The Great Ideas of Humankind Set

    (Set) The Great Ideas of Humankind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,754.40 Starting at $3,754.40 $3,754.40 $3,754.40$3,754.40
  11. (Set) Jesus and the Gospels & Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine  Set

    (Set) Jesus and the Gospels & Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get two unforgettable looks at Christianity that provide unique insights into the faith. In Jesus and the Gospels, award-winning Professor Luke Timothy Johnson explores how biblical representations of Jesus have shaped both Christianity and Western culture. He then takes you into the heart of the early Christian religious experience in Early Christianity, and answers riveting questions on how modern Christianity...
  12. (Set) Apostle Paul/Great Figures of New Testament Set

    (Set) Apostle Paul/Great Figures of New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
  13. (Set) St. Augustine's  Confessions  & Early Christianity  Set

    (Set) St. Augustine's Confessions & Early Christianity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  14. (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Jesus and the Gospels  Set

    (Set) Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam & Jesus and the Gospels

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Join award-winning Professor Luke Timothy Johnson as he guides you through two intriguing corners of religious scholarship. Start with Mystical Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, an insightful examination of Western spirituality that offers you a greater understanding of a unique aspect of religious tradition. Then follow Professor Johnson as he explores the various narrative depictions of Jesus that have...
  15. (Set) Lost Christianities/Apostle Paul  Set

    (Set) Lost Christianities/Apostle Paul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
  16. (Set) Historical Jesus/Apostle Paul Set

    (Set) Historical Jesus/Apostle Paul

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
  17. (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad & 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
    Illuminate your understanding of four spiritual teachers and five major world faiths with this comprehensive two-course set. First, discover new perspectives on the moral and spiritual precepts on which much of human civilization is built with Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Then, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition.
  18. (Set) History of Christian Theology & Story of the Bible  Set

    (Set) History of Christian Theology & Story of the Bible

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get to the heart of the Christian faith with this illuminating two-course set that combines theological and biblical studies. In The History of Christian Theology, investigate the many responses that Christian believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over more than 2,000 years. In The Story of the Bible, learn about the many forms the Bible has taken; the ways history, scholarship, and technology have...
  19. (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know & 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
    Get a comprehensive knowledge of the world's religions in this intriguing two-course set. In Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know, learn the basic teachings, symbols, practices, founders, institutions, and values of the world's religious traditions. And in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, explore the teachings, culture, and influence on civilization of the world's five...
  20. (Set) Jesus and the Gospels/From Jesus to Constantine  Set

    (Set) Jesus and the Gospels/From Jesus to Constantine

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  21. (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Sacred Texts of the World & 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
    Gain a deep understanding of the world’s spiritual beliefs with this fascinating course set. In Sacred Texts of the World, delve into the written works that convey the values that each faith’s adherents live by, and, at times, have been willing to die for. Then, in Great World Religions, get an in-depth examination of the five major faiths of the world.
  22. (Set)  The History of Christianity & The Catholic Church Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity & The Catholic Church

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  23. (Set) Religion Super Set - 11 courses Set

    (Set) Religion Super Set - 11 courses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,299.45 Starting at $1,299.45 $2,649.45 $1,299.45$2,649.45
    This in-depth course set takes you deep into the heart of religion as it is felt and practiced around the world and illuminates your understanding of five major faiths. Introduction to the Study of Religion provides a vibrant first look at the discipline known as religious studies, while Great World Religions, 2nd Edition investigates the history and nature of the world's five major faiths: Judaism, Christianity,...
  24. (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/New Testament  Set

    (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  25. (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam  Set

    (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Illuminate your understanding of world faiths by looking at their archaeological remains and their mystical traditions in this two-course set. Learn the sacred secrets behind Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, the Acropolis, and other mysterious ancient locales in the 36 riveting lectures of Exploring the Roots of Religion. Then, discover how mysticism forms a crucial—yet often overlooked—part of Judaism,...
  26. (Set) Religions of the Axial Age & Great World Religions  Set

    (Set) Religions of the Axial Age & Great World Religions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $579.70 Starting at $579.70 $1,254.70 $579.70$1,254.70
    How has religious experience changed and diversified throughout history? Discover the fascinating answer to this question in Religions of the Axial Age: An Approach to the World's Religions—which shows you the historical conditions in which the world's faiths arose—and in Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, which explores the history and growth of the world's five major faiths.
  27. (Set) Understanding the Bible  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Bible

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $589.80 Starting at $589.80 $1,139.80 $589.80$1,139.80
  28. (Set) Jesus and the Gospels & Old Testament  Set

    (Set) Jesus and the Gospels & Old Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Is it possible to shape a single picture of Jesus from the accounts of his life given us by the Gospels? Explore this illuminating question and others in Jesus and the Gospels. Then, shed new light on the various meanings of the Hebrew Bible in Old Testament.
  29. (Set) Holy Land Revealed & Jesus and the Gospels  Set on sale

    (Set) Holy Land Revealed & Jesus and the Gospels

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $571.00 Starting at $151.90 $178.90 $151.90$178.90
    Join two engaging religion scholars and award-winning professors as they reveal astounding new insights to your understanding of the history of the Holy Land and the life of Jesus. The Holy Land Revealed is your chance to get up close and personal with ruins, artifacts, murals, documents, and other long-buried objects that will take you deep beneath the pages of the Bible. Jesus and the Gospels examines the...
  30. (Set) The Catholic Church: A History & Jesus and the Gospels  Set

    (Set) The Catholic Church: A History & Jesus and the Gospels

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Delve into two essential aspects of Christianity with this two-course set delivered by two of our most popular religion scholars and professors. First, investigate the vast and fascinating history of one of the most influential institutions in the world with The Catholic Church: A History. Then, attempt to shape a single picture of Jesus from the various accounts of his life given in the Gospels in the 36 lectures...