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Jesus Through the Centuries

His Place in the History of Culture
Written by: Jaroslav Pelikan
Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins

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Publisher's Summary

One of the most highly regarded works of intellectual history of the past decade, Jesus Through the Centuries is an original and compelling study of the impact of Jesus on cultural, political, social, and economic history. Noted historian and theologian Jaroslav Pelikan reveals how the image of Jesus created by each successive epoch - from rabbi in the first century to liberator in the 19th and 20th centuries - is a key to understanding the temper and values of that age. The book is published by Yale University Press.

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Critic Reviews

"A rich and expansive description of Jesus' impact on the general history of culture... Believers and skeptics alike will find it a sweeping visual and conceptual panorama." (John Koenig, front page, New York Times Book Review)

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  • Chauncey
  • 10-02-16

Master Modulator

Nick Sullivan demonstrates masterful modulation and inflection on the academic terrain of Jaroslav Pelikan's precise syntax, thus making the exploration more accessible.

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  • Solomon
  • 03-04-15

Story not to forget

It is a very good book carrying a good historical background. It helps the listener to understand intellectually the story of Jesus

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  • Terry
  • 16-01-11


This author must be so impressed with his vocabulary and education that he loves to show it off
by constructing the longest sentences in the world that say absolutely nothing. Now that takes
real talent. After reading this book I could not really tell what his stance is on religion. I was so
amazed that I would let some friend listen to exerts from the book to see what they thought and
the answer was always the same “WHAT?” The biggest waist of time for me and for the author
who must have spent hours and hours formulating this book so that you the reader would be as
confessed or more confessed after reading it then before. I give this book an F for failure.