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A History of God (History Channel) (2005)

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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Writers: Karan Armstrong
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFUM4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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136 of 144 people found the following review helpful
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"A History of God" is a very special program reviewing the history of monetheism practiced by Jews, Christians and Muslims. It is fine synopsis of Karen Armstrong's incredible book by the same title, a work of scholarship with a narrative of some 399 pages. My transcript of the program from the DVD is just 30 pages -- a tribute to the incredible writing and editing by talent people who produced this program.

The following resource people appear in the program:

Karen Armstrong, Theologian, [Scholar / Historian] - Author of A HISTORY OF GOD; Rev. Alexander Golitzin, Priestmonk, Marquette University. Theology; Rabbi Irving Greenberg, Chairman U.S. Holocaust Memorial; Dr. Maher Hathout, Islamic Center of Southern California; Dr. E. V. Hill, Senior Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church; Dr. Amina Beverly McCloud, Prof. Islamic Studies, DePaul University; Dr. Martin E. Marty, Professor, University of Chicago; Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion, Princeton University.

Beginning with the story of Abraham, in the Hebrew Bible, the narration and commentary has been beauifully edited with a fine music score and excellent selected of visuals -- paintings, photographs, and video of scenes in the Middle East. Especially remarkable and appreciated are both the writing and editing of narration with the commentary - interviews with the scholars and theologians -- terrific transitions between narration and commentary.

This program would be especially useful for both young adults and adults -- from high school through college -- in religious study classes as well as public schools.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! February 1, 2008
By Renee
Thought-provoking and not the usual dogmatic information. I've watched it 8 times, will probably watch it another 8 times, and have read the book. Highly recommended for those with open, questioning minds.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History of god September 8, 2008
Excellent book and cd/DVD a must read for all to understand how god was created by different civilizations and how different religions have so much in common.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review from Claudia June 12, 2008
From a secular view point this is a very interesting program explaining God the Father. I am a reborn again Christian and I have watched many programs dealing with Christian or Judaism topics and have been disappointed and sometimes offended. I was impressed with this program because it taught me some things I didn't realize before. This documentary was very tastefully done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary August 13, 2010
By Matt
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Gives great detail about how the three Abrahamic faiths (Christianity, Islam, Judaism)are related and how their beliefs came about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful February 3, 2006
By rlwp
The words and images are beautiful, and the information gives a broad understanding of many of the world's religions.

However, the show is 100 minutes long, not 50 as the description says.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The history of God in the "three" monotheistic religions September 20, 2009
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This documentary is based on a book by Karen Armstrong, it tackled the history of God throughout the major three religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), but don't expect the history of God in other religions than those three, that was the only trade-off in this documentary, I think it would have been better if the documentation covered how the history of God developed in other religions like Buddhism and Baha'i religion, but that didn't happen.
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