This podcast is an introduction to Anglophone literature, from ancient times to the present, done by a Ph.D. with lots of books and musical instruments. A typical episode offers a summary of a work, or part of a work of literature, followed by some historical analysis. The episodes include original music, some comedy songs, and goofy jokes. You can listen to the shows in any order, although from time to time, episodes will make brief mention of previous or upcoming ones.
Episode 80: The General Epistles
The later epistles of the New Testament show early Christian theology expanding and evolving in the Ancient Mediterranean.
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Episode 79: The Pauline Epistles
Possibly the most influential theologian in history, Paul codified and clarified Christianity as it emerged into the diverse world of the Eastern Mediterranean.
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Episode 78: The Book of Acts
The story of Christianity’s first missionaries is a sweeping , intercontinental narrative, filled with danger, strange encounters, and the hope for a better future.
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Episode 77: The Gospels
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are the heart of the New Testament. And today, historians and Biblical scholars know more about them than ever before.
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Episode 76: Judea Under Herod
The Roman client king Herod (c. 73-4 BCE) ruled Judea for thirty years. Learn about his rule, and the political and religious climate of Judea just before the birth of Christ.
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Episode 75: Dusk and Starlight
A retrospective on the material we’ve covered thus far as we head into Early Christianity and Late Antiquity, plus some announcements.
Episode 75 Transcription: https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/episode-075-dusk-and-starlight
Bonus Content: https://literatureandhistory.com/index.php/bonus-content
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This podcast is a gift. It is entertaining, and occasionally downright adorable - but more importantly, it is, as a way into the works and history of western writing, both comprehensive and easily comprehensible. It makes every work it treats accessible and exciting, and situates it in the development of the world as we know it, and thus gives you a chance at being at home as a thinking, feeling human being in the overwhelming flood of history. If you’re into literature, and especially if you feel daunted by the mass and (supposed) gravitas of the canon, this podcast is for you.
Literature and History
This is a true gem for those interested in the history of Western thought. Approaching this subject through English literature and its precedssors allows the author/ producer to explore the basis for much of our understanding of Western philosofy and intellectual thought.
Dr. Metzger expertly uses his experiece as a teacher to meaningfully connect with his audience and keep them hooked for more.
I for one can't wait for more!