Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Bible's Buried Secrets

Last week I posted one of the episodes from the BBC's recent series the Bible's Buried Secrets. That episode looked at the question of whether or not God had a wife. This week all three episodes were made available online. Whatever you think of the series and the opinions of its host Francesca Starakopoulou it is worth watching to learn about some of the ambiguity of history and the problems the confront biblical scholars. So for those of us who can't watch the BBC in are area -Enjoy!

Thanks to Remnants of the Giants for pointing this out.

Did David's Empire Exist?
A national hero and icon for the Jewish people, and a divine king for Christians, David is best known as the boy-warrior who defeated the Philistine giant Goliath. As king, he united the tribes of Israel. But did he really rule over a vast Israelite kingdom? Did he even exist?


Did God Have a Wife?
When submitted to rigorous analysis, the biblical texts actually reveal quite another story. I think that the evidence now shows that the people of the Bible believed in many gods. And the scribes who composed the Bible did their best to conceal this – but not altogether successfully.

- Francesca Stavrakopoulou

The Real Garden of Eden
If humankind didn’t fall away from God in the first place, we wouldn’t need a redeemer.
- A priest, Episode 3

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