I’m a big fan of The Teaching Company. They have lots of good stuff on the Bible, world religions, and a bunch of lesser topics as well, like arts, philosophy, etc. It’s particularly interesting to hear Bart Ehrman and Luke T. Johnson lecture on Paul, since they have such contrasting approaches.
I’m gearing up to teach the Book of Mormon for Institute in Fall. As one might expect, the Teaching Company has no lectures for content of the Book of Mormon the way they do for the Hebrew Bible (which I found a bit disappointing but still recommendable), New Testament (several options), or Book of Genesis.
Since a few have requested it, I’ve considered recording myself in class, but have several objections.
1) I’d hate to hold myself out as some kind of expert (I’m not) AND have whatever flawed, semi-spontaneous Institute class/lecture be distributed as such. The Teaching Company folks are all reading off of carefully prepared text without interruptions or questions. I prepare extensively, but use minimal notes and am responsive to student questions and concerns, so the flow, content, etc. isn’t what I’d like to hold out as my best work. But then, the perfect is the enemy of the good.
2) In terms of audio, it would be poor quality- recorded on my laptop, not always speaking into its microphone as I walk around.
3) Most importantly, I sound like a muppet with a cold.
Has anyone done this? Is there good Book of Mormon content audio out there somewhere? If not, someone has a niche to fill.