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Harvard University

Christianity Through Its Scriptures

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Christianity is a global religion. From modest beginnings 2,000 years ago, it has grown to encompass nearly a third of the human population. Diverse in languages, cultures, histories and creeds, Christians nonetheless share a common collection of sacred scripture called the Bible.

This religion course introduces you to the Bible and its scripture and asks the questions:

  • What are the contents, languages, and forms of Bibles in various times and places?
  • How have Christians lived out their stories and teachings?
  • How does Christian history reflect the contested and varied uses of scripture—in the ancient Roman world where Christianity began, in its spread through European and American colonialism, in the diverse forms it takes in varied locations around the globe?

You will begin to explore these questions and others while learning about the content and interpretations of these sacred texts.

Taught by

Karen L. King and Sarah Griffis

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    Prashant Subhashchandra Salunke completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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    The course was interesting. I was impressed with the information, videos, and commentary. This is a part of a series on Traditions and Scriptures. Its not the strongest of the series, but I enjoyed learning in it.
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    The course familiarized one to basic information about the Bible and how it is being practiced at different times and places. It is interesting to note where Christianity as a religion originated from and how it traversed to become a global religion that a third of world population embraces.
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    Myrtle Dunbar is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    I would like to take the course as I didn't complete it. It was very interesting and gave me answers to many questions I have had.

    I would like to get access to the course again because I had reached the really deep part.
    It is good for anyone wanting to know more about the behavior of people at that time.
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