How Jesus Became God

Course No. 6522
Professor Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., M.Div.
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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The early Christian claim that Jesus of Nazareth was God completely changed the course of Western civilization. In fact, without the Christian declaration of Jesus as God, Western history as we know it would have never happened.

If Jesus had not been declared God, his followers would have remained a sect within Judaism, and the massive conversion of Gentiles, the Roman adoption of Christianity, and the subsequent unfolding of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and modernity would never have taken place. For that reason, the question of how Jesus became God is one of the most significant historical questions of Western civilization.

This world-shaping occurrence, viewed historically, was monumentally unlikely. Within Judaism, there could be no question that Jesus was not the Messiah, who was envisioned as a powerful warrior-king. Jesus’s own followers, in fact, did not conceive of him as divine during his lifetime. His crucifixion, ignominious and degrading, ended his life in a way reserved for the lowliest criminals.

And yet—within a short time after his death, this crucified “enemy of Rome” was named the Son of God and the savior of humanity, and within four centuries he was believed by millions to be coequal and coeternal with God the Father.

How could something this unforeseeable, this improbable, have occurred at all—much less with a momentum that would shape Western history? What exactly happened, such that Jesus came to be considered God?

To ask this question is to delve into a fascinating, multilayered historical puzzle—one that offers a richly illuminating look into the origins of the Western worldview and the theological underpinnings of our civilization. This fundamental historical question and its complex answer speak penetratingly to the spiritual impulses, concerns, and beliefs that have played a seminal role in our world, even as they reveal the foundation of history’s most global religious movement, and fresh insights into the Western world’s single most influential human being.

Tackling all of these matters and more, Great Courses favorite Professor Bart D. Ehrman returns with the unprecedented historical inquiry of How Jesus Became God. In 24 provocative lectures, Professor Ehrman takes you deeply into the process by which the divinity of Jesus was first conceived by his followers, demonstrating how this conception was refined over time to become the core of the Christian theology that has so significantly shaped our civilization.

A distinguished scholar of Christianity and New York Times best-selling author, Professor Ehrman develops the inquiry with meticulous research and in-depth analysis of texts. In these lectures, Ehrman reveals that the theological understanding of Jesus as God came about through a complex series of factors and events, each of which must be understood in order to grasp this most extraordinary and historically pivotal story.

Intersections: The Human and the Divine

In assembling the pieces of the course’s extraordinary narrative, you’ll explore the historical background of ancient understandings of the divine. Here you discover that Jesus’s ascension as an object of faith was fundamentally underlain by ancient beliefs in interpenetration between the human and divine worlds.

You’ll dig deeply into human/divine intersections in Greco-Roman religions, as well as in ancient Judaism, finding that

  • The ancient world was suffused with accounts of divine mortals—gods who took on human form as well as humans who were exalted to divine status.
  • Greco-Roman cultures considered certain actual historical persons to have been born of the sexual union of gods and mortals, and earthly pagan rulers were at times worshipped as gods.
  • In the Hebrew scriptures, God and the Holy Spirit both appear on earth in human form, and the human Enoch, among others, is elevated to become a divine being.

Divinity and the Historical Jesus

As another integral element of the story, you’ll investigate what the historical Jesus said or indicated about himself, digging into these questions:

  • What were the elements of Jesus’s teaching with regard to his own role in the world?
  • Did Jesus view himself as divine?

You’ll look into these matters rigorously, reading key passages from the four canonical Gospels to determine whether, historically, Jesus’s public message proclaimed him as divine. You’ll also evaluate whether Jesus’s earthly actions—including accounts of miracles he performed—would have qualified him as divine in the eyes of his contemporaries.

You’ll study the circumstances surrounding Jesus’s death and burial, exploring exactly how early Christians came to believe he was raised from the dead. By examining the “pre-literary” Christian creeds quoted in the New Testament, you’ll uncover the disciples’ original conception that, at his resurrection, Jesus was “made” a divine being by God.

The Son of God Eternal

With the conception of Jesus as divine now established, you’ll enter the minefield of opposing views that developed as early Christians sought to understand how Jesus could be the Son of God. In excerpts from the New Testament Gospels, you’ll identify conflicting notions of when Jesus became the divine Son, following how Christian thinkers began to push this event further and further back into history.

Within the developing faith, you’ll investigate the range of views of Jesus’s divinity that held sway during the 2nd and 3rd centuries. You’ll study the beliefs and implications of radically different schools of thought, such as

  • the “docetists”, who held that Jesus was fully divine and only seemed human;
  • the Gnostic view that the divine Christ was a god who temporarily “inhabited” the human Jesus; and
  • the “modalist” conception that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are three modes of a single being.

The Trinity and the Divine Christ

In the culmination of the course, you’ll trace the development of the Trinity, the theological doctrine at the heart of Christian orthodoxy. Through close reading of biblical texts, you’ll observe how the conception of the Holy Spirit came into being, and you’ll learn how third-century theologians such as Hippolytus and Tertullian arrived at the singular paradox of the Trinity: that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are each individually God—yet there is only one God.

The concluding lectures bring alive the fiercely contested Arian controversy, which pitted the view that Jesus was a subordinate deity created by God the Father against the contention that he was coeternal and fully equal with God. Flowing from this debate, you’ll study the historic events of the famous Council of Nicea, called in 325 CE by the Roman Emperor Constantine to resolve the matter of the divine nature of Christ. You’ll learn how the edicts of the Council formally established the view of Jesus that has defined the Christian faith to the present day.

In the enthralling inquiry of How Jesus Became God, Professor Ehrman lays bare the diverse elements that combined to produce both an astonishing true-life story and one of history’s most significant happenings. Join a renowned biblical scholar in grappling with this pivot point of Western civilization that has indelibly shaped our culture, our thought, and the world we know.

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24 lectures
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  • 1
    Jesus - The Man Who Became God
    First, consider the huge historical significance of the Christian belief in Jesus’s divinity, in terms of its effects on Western civilization as well as today’s world. Learn about different scholarly views of the historical Jesus, and trace the remarkable diversity of early Christian thought regarding Christian identity, scripture, and theological understandings of Jesus. x
  • 2
    Greco-Roman Gods Who Became Human
    In the ancient world, there were many accounts of “divine” mortals. Track this phenomenon in the Greco-Roman polytheistic religions, noting the overlap between the human and divine worlds. Explore three ancient models of divine men, in both mythology and Christian scripture, as gods take on human form and humans enter the heavenly realm. x
  • 3
    Humans as Gods in the Greco-Roman World
    Delve further into the interface between the human and the divine in pagan cultures. Examine narratives describing people born of the sexual union of gods with mortals, highlighting examples such as Alexander the Great. In the Roman and Egyptian worlds, look at cases of humans who were exalted to the status of gods. x
  • 4
    Gods Who Were Human in Ancient Judaism
    Here, discover accounts of divine humans and other godlike beings within ancient Judaism. In Genesis and Exodus, explore conceptions of divine beings that appear in human form. In other Jewish texts, study narratives of humans who become angelic beings, as well as stories of the offspring of angels and humans. x
  • 5
    Ancient Jews Who Were Gods
    In ancient Judaism, beings other than the one true God could be considered to be or even called God. Learn about the divine figure of the Son of Man, and the Jewish conception of a “second God”. Observe how divine attributes of God were personified, and how humans such as the kings of Israel were deified. x
  • 6
    The Life and Teachings of Jesus
    In approaching the historical Jesus, consider why the New Testament Gospels are the only useful early sources on his life, and study the criteria used by scholars for evaluating the Gospels as history. Then investigate Jesus’s apocalyptic worldview, which envisioned the imminent end of history and a coming kingdom of God. x
  • 7
    Did Jesus Think He Was God?
    This lecture explores what Jesus said about himself, as well as what he specifically preached. Grasp the nature and purpose of Jesus’s ethical teachings, and his view of himself as a prophet of the coming kingdom. Study the Jewish conception of the Messiah as a warrior-king who would overthrow the enemies of Israel. x
  • 8
    The Death of Jesus - Historical Certainties
    Regarding Jesus’s final days, review the events that we know about with relative certainty. Learn about his reasons for being in Jerusalem, and the political tensions surrounding the Passover celebration there. Consider what led to his arrest, the nature of the charges against him, and what we can infer about his trial. x
  • 9
    Jesus’s Death - What Historians Can’t Know
    Look now at events surrounding Jesus’s death that we cannot know about with certainty. Assess the plausibility of the Gospels’ accounts of his arrival in Jerusalem, the date of his crucifixion, and the matter of his burial. Grasp how Christian writers made changes in the accounts of his death to serve theological ends. x
  • 10
    The Resurrection - What Historians Can’t Know
    Jesus’s resurrection stands as the basis for the entire Christian faith. But what can we know historically about the resurrection? Here, dig deeply into the question of what historians can and cannot demonstrate about the past, and consider aspects of the stories of Jesus’s resurrection that are historically doubtful or unknowable. x
  • 11
    What History Reveals about the Resurrection
    What was it that caused Jesus’s followers to believe he had been raised from the dead? Investigate the disciples’ visions of Jesus, alive again after his death, as reflected in Paul and the Gospels. Learn also about the tradition of doubt in the resurrection, and the meaning to early Christians of being resurrected. x
  • 12
    The Disciples’ Visions of Jesus
    In exploring the first claims about Jesus’s resurrection, this lecture discusses the phenomenon of visionary experience as understood by modern researchers. Learn about the variety of religious and bereavement visions people experience, and the ways in which the disciples’ visions and beliefs about Jesus combined to impact their conception of him as divine. x
  • 13
    Jesus’s Exaltation - Earliest Christian Views
    What did the earliest Christians believe about Jesus’s divinity? Delve into Romans and Acts for what they may tell us about early Christian thought, identifying the “pre-literary” creeds they quote from. Observe how these creeds indicate a view that Jesus was adopted as the Son of God precisely upon his resurrection. x
  • 14
    The Backward Movement of Christology
    Over time, Christian thought pushed the origin of Jesus’s divinity further and further back in history. Trace this development by looking at views of Jesus in the New Testament Gospels. Focus on the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke, noting their differing versions of when Jesus became the Son of God. x
  • 15
    Paul’s View - Christ’s Elevated Divinity
    Paul’s theology represents a transition between early conceptions of Christ as exalted by God upon his death and later views of his innate or eternal divinity. Trace Paul’s seminal role within the early church, and his view of Jesus as a divine being whose actions raised him to a higher level of divinity. x
  • 16
    John’s View - The Word Made Human
    The Gospel of John differs significantly from the other three canonical Gospels in its conception of Jesus. Investigate John’s contention that Jesus had always been the Son of God and the equal of God the Father. Contemplate John’s identification of Christ as the embodiment of the word of God, or “logos”. x
  • 17
    Was Christ Human? The Docetic View
    In the second and third centuries, Christian groups followed radically different beliefs and theologies. Learn about the “docetists”, who believed Jesus was not human, but only appeared to be so, highlighting Marcion, a docetist who conceived of two distinct gods—a God of the Jews and a God of Jesus. x
  • 18
    The Divided Christ of the Separationists
    Among early Christian groups, the Gnostics demonstrate yet another view of the divinity of Jesus. Explore the fundamental tenets of Gnosticism, with its notion of secret knowledge as the source of salvation. Discover the Gnostic “separationist” view of Christ, according to which the divine Christ inhabited, temporarily, the human Jesus. x
  • 19
    Christ’s Dual Nature - Proto-Orthodoxy
    By the fourth century, the theological understanding known as “orthodoxy” became predominant. Investigate the relationship between orthodoxy and “heresy”, or conflicting conceptions of the faith, and evidence that orthodoxy was not the original form of Christianity. Learn about early “proto-orthodox” writers, and their contention that Jesus was both fully God and fully human. x
  • 20
    The Birth of the Trinity
    The doctrine of the Trinity asserts that God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit are all individually God. Look into the origins of this mysterious claim, noting that the Trinity appears nowhere in the Bible. Learn about the conception of “modalism”, which proposed that the three are manifestations of one being, and modalism’s opponents. x
  • 21
    The Arian Controversy
    In the third century, sharp divisions existed between Christians, involving how to explain the relation of God the Father to Christ and the Holy Spirit. Examine the proto-orthodox thought of Novatian, and learn about the “Arian controversy” stemming from the highly divisive view of Christ as a subordinate deity created by God. x
  • 22
    The Conversion of Constantine
    The Christian conversion of the Roman emperor Constantine was a momentous turning point for the faith. Learn about the relationship of the Roman Empire to early Christianity, and the specific reasons why Christians were persecuted by Rome. Grasp Constantine’s motives for converting to Christianity and for becoming directly involved in theological controversies. x
  • 23
    The Council of Nicea
    Constantine called the famous Council of Nicea in 325 CE, to resolve the conflicting views of Christ’s divinity. Examine the theological issues at stake, pitting the Christological views of Arius against those of Alexander of Alexandria. Contemplate the political implications of the outcome, and the resulting orthodox creed, establishing Jesus fully as God. x
  • 24
    Once Jesus Became God
    Conclude by considering the historical ramifications of the Nicean affirmation that Jesus was God. Learn about the growing Christian faith’s effects on paganism and the advent of anti-Jewish thought and action. Observe how the theological debates continued, and review Jesus’s path to becoming the object of faith for billions today. x

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Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., M.Div.
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his undergraduate work at Wheaton College and earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Professor Ehrman has written or edited 27 books, including four best sellers on The New York Times list: Misquoting Jesus: The Story behind Who Changed the Bible and Why; God’s...
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How Jesus Became God is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 260.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oki I have not finished it yet but I am enjoying it, very interesting
Date published: 2019-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not a very objective approach This is a great course to learn about the critical agnostic view of Jesus, I like Erhman in that he has studied the subject extensively and can provide intelligent reasons for his claims about the historical Jesus. However his approach seems to take an unrealistically critical approach to the biblical text. I would recommend watching Erhman's debate with Mike Licona. It is an extremely good debate by two very reasonable intellectuals. Licona is a PHD historian directly challenging Dr. Ehrman's conclusions
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very informative I’m delighted I bought and listened to this lecture series. The professor is very knowledgeable, clear and articulate. I have learned much more that I thought I would.
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Misleading I would have liked to know ahead of time that this course was written by an atheist.
Date published: 2019-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scholarly, but clear and concise. My wife offered to get this for me. Having read Ehrman before, i expected this would be a good series. I have not been disappointed. Broad and deep presentations. Good lecture presentations. So good, as soon as I'm done with the series, I'm going to go back and view it again.
Date published: 2019-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Course This was an outstanding course. It was the exact historical approach I was looking for and it helped put together the pieces of a puzzle I've been working on for quite some time on my own through various other sources. I'm a pilot and a soldier, not a scholar or academic, and I found this course to be a very nice balance of depth and understandability. It significantly informed me without digressing into the kind of academic dolphin-speak that tends to bend my mind in half like a taco. I enjoyed this so much, in fact, that I actually watched most of it twice. The second time I went through it, I did so with a Interleaved Edition Journalling Bible (ordered specifically for the task at hand) which gives plenty of room to write things down. I underlined the verses brought out in the course and wrote lecture notes beside them. This really worked well for me; better than a notebook and more enduring than trying to remember it all. I'll see it again and again in future studies. Thanks for a truly great course. Well done indeed.
Date published: 2019-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and informative My husband and I found this course to be presented in a way that was easy to understand and very interesting. The presenter was obviously very knowledgeable about the subject. The accompanying booklet was also helpful.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent Lectures I bought 3 courses. So far I have watched 1 DVD. It is hard to find 3 hours to watch 1 DVD when the other 3 people in the household are in and out and may want to watch TV. Therefore, I really appreciate the accompanying books. I will watch the lectures, but it may take some time.
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lecture The lectures are so interesting and well researched. Whether you are religious or not, the history of religion was awesome.
Date published: 2019-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great presentation Great presenter and easy to follow lectures which had a lot of information
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting just started the lectures. I do like the book that outlines the lectures. a great help.
Date published: 2019-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thorough review of how Jesus became God Bart Ehrman uses extensive amount of quotations to back up his ideas of how just another prophet in the Jewish faith became to be known as God. Seen from an historical viewpoint, this has to be one of the most complete treatises on the subject. However, what exactly moved so many to believe in a resurrection of 'just another prophet' such that he eventually became to be known as God, I felt, needed more exploration. Dr. Ehrman is satisfied people had visions of Jesus after he died and that's what led them to believe in the resurrection. But what made Jesus so special to cause these visions? Was mankind simply ready to receive his message, or even more so, receive the idea God needed to come to Earth?
Date published: 2019-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from History par excellence Enlightened me as to why Jews and others have not accepted Christianity. As a Christian it strengthened my faith as it is a well researched and logically presented course presenting much to think about concerning the Bible and Jesus.
Date published: 2018-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Balanced Approach Bart Ehrman makes it clear he is talking about what can be known, not what is/was believed (including what he believes). He takes a careful but enthusiastic journey along the changing views of who Jesus was.
Date published: 2018-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Typical Bart Ehrman IMPORTANT NOTE: What Dr. Ehrman teaches is contrary to the teaching of the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and the preponderance of Protestant organizations. What Dr. Ehrman says is important for its challenges to authority, that is, its polemic value. Thus, this course is well-suited for a Christian who is interested in what non-evangelical scholars say or for an opponent to Christianity who is seeking reinforcement of what she or he already believes. However, if one is looking for an explanation of what Christianity teaches, the conclusions of this course would be misleading or even counterproductive. The course strongly emphasizes what Dr. Ehrman calls a “historical” perspective, that is, a view that grants acceptance that past events occurred based on certain tests or standards including independent attestation and consistency with known phenomenological experiences. (Thus, miracles cannot be accepted historically.) From this, Dr. Ehrman adduces that the Bible cannot be inerrant and that Jesus was an apocalyptic human who never claimed to be divine. This claim of divinity was only later advanced by his followers and even enhanced over time. Christ’s dual nature and the nature of the Trinity followed centuries after the death of Jesus. Dr. Ehrman emphasizes that “historical” and “factual” are not synonymous. For example, an event that factually occurred in the past may not have sufficient attestation to be accepted on historical grounds. In my reviews of other TGC courses, I often use respect for opposing points of view as one measure for scholarship. A true scholar will take the opposition’s best argument at face value, in a form that the opponent would acknowledge, and then will analyze strengths and weaknesses of that argument without impugning motive. (I tried to represent Dr. Ehrman’s case in this way in the second paragraph of this review.) Dr. Ehrman cites only two scholars by name who disagree with him and he never engages their arguments. At times, Dr. Ehrman directly impugns the motives of those who disagree with him. The course is still valuable for its insight into a certain polemic, but it cannot be considered scholarly or objective. Bart Ehrman is a highly educated former evangelical Protestant himself, having attended Moody Bible Institute and Wheaton College, two flagship evangelical colleges. Afterward, his doubts led him away from evangelical Protestantism to agnosticism or atheism. His books, teachings, etc. reflect this latter perspective but he knows how to speak to evangelical Protestants having been one himself once. I used the audio version. I believe that the video version would provide no additional value.
Date published: 2018-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible I assumed this would be religious neutral and it was obvious to me this was an attempt at atheistic influences out on a video....
Date published: 2018-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Paradigm Shift! Once again Dr. Erhman causes me to rethink what I have been told all my life about Jesus and the Bible. By explaining the historical context, for the first time in my life, it all makes sense.
Date published: 2018-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How Jesus Became God I love it. Fascinating story on the history of spiritual being and their interaction with humans.
Date published: 2018-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining & Thought-Provoking In my mid-50’s, I recently finished my first full reading of the Bible. While the HCSB study Bible was a great start, it left me wanting for some additional color commentary. And I thought this course fit the bill for me. I thought Professor Ehrman was engaging, but I picked up rather early on that he had some non-traditional views on Christianity. A little internet research verified that assumption. Regardless of whether I agreed or disagreed with his assertions / conclusions, I found it entertaining & thought-provoking. I consider it one piece of the puzzle in a new found spiritual journey.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking The course gave me information on early Christianity and it cleared up some of my misconceptions. I found it to be neither pro or anti Christian. A history Professor show us what can be proven and what cannot. It had no affect on my faith except to make it stronger. He always stayed with the facts and showed respect for the beliefs of everyone.
Date published: 2018-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting presentation Entertaining and informative...had me searching other resources for more information. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous History This is an historical exercise in following the winding path to Jesus' divinity. Prof. Ehrman considers not only the Bible, the New Testament, and those books that didn't make it into the New Testament, but also historical methodology, and he does it with great skill. By the end it's clear that you can believe what you want about Jesus --that's a theological question-- but the historical record is something else again.
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mind expanding! Some people are unhappy because Ehrman is a sceptic. Yet as an historian he must treat his ancient and limited sources objectively on the basis of what is most likely. Miracles are not likely, in fact they are the thing least likely, so he cannot use them as evidence. A point he makes very well, and without which his course cannot be properly understood. I loved the way he set out and reasoned from his first principles, which again are clearly explained and are a sine qua non. It challenged me. I particularly liked the way Ehrman describes the differing stages of his life, and the differing degrees at which and to which Jesus became God, according to the differing sources, Paul, Mark, Matthew and Luke, and John. I also enjoyed Ehrman's "Making of the New Testament Cannon" which is similarly sceptical and rigorous, peeling the onion to expose to view Jesus the Jewish Apocolyptic. Having travelled the world and seen Jesus represented in so many differing ways among so many differing cultures it is good to add this new perspective to the palette. For those who don't want their faith challenged there are other resources.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting I not only would recommend this to a friend, I did, and he enjoyed it, too. If you take any interest in the early history of the Church, you should audit this course.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Picture Perspective An excellent resource for my faith development. I belong to a PCUSA church.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Misleading Title I expected a book that traced historical events. Instead, I got extensive exegesis on biblical texts. The instructor spoke with a bible in his hand, proclaiming and gesturing like a preacher. The course is not what I think of when I think of history. It certainly is not a broad survey of the material. The instructor sure knows The Bible, but it is unclear to me whether his perspective represent the consensual view or an idiosyncratic perspective.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good content, but course could be condensed I have listened to several of the great courses, some much longer than this, but felt that this course had more repetition and digressions than others. For example, he spent several minutes talking about the Jewish holiday of Passover, when anyone who has seen "10 Commandments" would already know this. I think the 24 lectures could easily be condensed into 18 lectures, so perhaps it was stretched out to fill the apparent 24 lecture minimum for these courses. But as for the content regarding how Jesus became God, I found it very informative. As a former Christian believing in Jesus' divinity who now only believes he was a great and holy man, I was curious about the full process of how he came to be considered God as part of the 3 Gods in 1 Trinity (which is also discussed in this course). If you are a believing Christian, this course won't appeal to you because he discounts anything that could be miraculous. Even I was a bit put off by his claim that the main reason the pagans switched to Christianity is because they were promised everlasting life in heaven while their previous religions didn't (discounting the fact that the Egyptian religions stressed the after life). There was no mention of the possibility that the teachings of Jesus with their keen insight into human relationships could have appealed to people at an intellectual level, as it does for me.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick Review I haven't yet completed the dvd, but initial impression is very satisfactory!
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well presented! I'm still listening to this course, but it is very well written! Very interesting!
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only half way thru the course lLove it this is the first time buying a course from Great Courses and it will not be the last
Date published: 2018-06-21
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