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Lecture Transcript and Course Guidebook
Paperback, Great Courses #6340
Published January 28th 2005 by Teaching Company Limited Partnership (first published 2005)
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Nathan Albright
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It is a bit too early in the course of this sprawling and epic four-part course to determine what I think about the series as a whole.  So far, at least, my impressions are mixed.  On the positive side, the professor shows an obvious interest in aspects of wisdom literature and issues of Creation that I find intriguing [1].  On the negative side, the instructor appears to share a common view of the scholar as a critic of religion rather than a student of it, has an evolutionary view of re
Abdulaziz Fagih

The presenter is bit boring and i feel he's not very we knowledgeable in the subject
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
While the first few lectures are a just okay, this course as a whole is really interesting. It covers pretty much all of the ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian religious traditions. Super interesting series.
Chris Aldrich
Though somewhat dry at times, this was generally excellent and well worth the time. Dr. Holland has an interesting dry humor; I wish he'd used more of it.

For such a short series, there was a tremendously large amount of material within the lectures.
Bill Johnston
I could not get through this. It's the only Great Course that bored me so much I had to stop.

Holland has a soporific voice, with occasional stress on specialized terms, and that's not a good thing to be listening to on long car trips. Rather than history and religion, he goes on at great length about academic mythology and all the wild speculation that involves. These modern interpretations get in the way of the historical facts and the lived religions I wanted to hear about.
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Ticked all the boxes I was hoping for. Highly recommended.
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