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    The Old Testament - written in ancient Israel by many different authors over the course of a thousand years - has had more meaning to more people than any other book the world has known. Its influence, whether you consider it scripture or literature, is evident everywhere in our culture, from medieval mystery plays to modern novels, art, music, theater, film, and dance. What can this work teach us about those who wrote it? About the people we once were? And can new academic understanding also speak to faith? As Professor Levine observes: "The Old Testament is endlessly fascinating because it offers everything to explore: myth, saga, and history; tragedy, comedy, and farce; economics and politics; literature and poetry of surpassing beauty; court intrigue and prophetic morality; heavenly miracles and sometimes heavenly silence; questions of theodicy; answers that satisfy and answers that may not; destruction and rebuilding; despair and hope."

    In a series of 24 lively lectures, she takes you down all of these avenues, exploring selected passages from the texts known as the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Tanakh, revealing how fresh research and findings from scholars of archaeology, cross-cultural studies, and comparative religion can deepen your understanding.

    And though the focus of her lectures is on historical and literary issues, Professor Levine does not shy away from issues of religious concern, maintaining that the goal of an academic course is not to undermine religious faith, but to use that academic knowledge as a new source of insight into the writings that form a believer's spiritual bedrock.

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    Missed the critical distance

    The best part of the lecture surely is the voice of Amy-Jill Levine. I guess she could read 19th century Russian novels and I would still listen spell bound. And she surely knows here subject so you can learn a lot from the course. But I still can't understand how theologians are able to smoothly sail over the criminal and disgusting acts of this Jahwe guy. So far I found in the religion series of The Great Courses only in the books of Bart Ehrman the critical distance needed.

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    Alright overview of the Books of the OT, however..

    Ms. Levine provides a basic overview of the OT, however in my opinion does not spend enough time on each book to really explore it
    Also, she does not really critically engage the OT, this is most likely due to her jewish faith

    So all in this course provides a basic overview of the OT with some nice anecdotes, but is not comparable to the critical bible scholarship of e.g. Bart Ehrman