Iowa City Press-Citizen reports on the making of “Bible Secrets Revealed” for History

University of Iowa assistant professor Robert Cargill is pictured in his office this week. Cargill, an archaeologist and biblical scholar, is a consulting producer and appears on a six-part History Channel series that debuts next week. / Josh O'Leary / Iowa City Press-Citizen

University of Iowa assistant professor Robert Cargill is pictured in his office this week. Cargill, an archaeologist and biblical scholar, is a consulting producer and appears on a six-part History Channel series that debuts next week. / Josh O’Leary / Iowa City Press-Citizen

The Iowa City Press-Citizen has a front page story today on my role in the History channel’s newest six-part documentary series, “Bible Secrets Revealed,” which begins airing Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10/9c.

Josh O’Leary, a reporter for the Press-Citizen, authored a story which touched on many rather personal aspects of my life, including my childhood, my time in Los Angeles, and my work in television and archaeology. Many thanks to him for the interview and article.

The story also includes a video clip where I (and my Movember beard, which raises awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues) share a few comments about the making of the documentary series.

For more about the documentary, read here and here and here and here and here.

And don’t miss episode one of “Bible Secrets Revealed: Lost in Translation,” which begins airing Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10/9c.

And tweet your comments live with the hashtag #BibleSecretsRevealed.

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2 Responses

  1. Hello Mr. Cargill. I know you’re a busy man and probably haven’t had time to answer my questions that I asked. I just wanted to ask you one more and I hope you will take the time to answer. I was reading in one of your other blog topics someone said that you look bitter. You responded with a series of things that give you a bitter taste in your mouth. One in particular was “people that kill in the name of God.” What I find interesting is you are spending so much effort on disproving the bible as fact, and I am curious why you are not spending that effort disputing Islam. One of the main “pillars” of Islam is Jihad, which is killing others in the name of God, not to mention the millions of people Muslims have killed, including thousands of Christians, in the name of God. So if it makes you so bitter why don’t you try and refute it. You seem to be a very intelligent scholar, although I don’t agree with your interpretations of Scripture, I know if anyone could present a strong case against Islam then it would be you. I know many atrocities have been committed by the Roman Catholic church in the name of God, particularly the Crusades, but you know as well as I do that was not God’s will according to the Bible. So do you ever plan to refute the Islamic scriptures like you are refuting the Bible? Or are you going to be like the countless other scholars who don’t like to dispute anything but Christianity, out of fear of offending the Muslims? Please I am not trying to be rude I would just like an honest answer. Thank you sir. Good day.

    P.S. Not sure why you haven’t allowed any of my comments to post, I know you are busy sir. Just trying to have a civil discussion with you.

  2. Gee Dean I got a completely different impression of the show than you did. My take was that while the bible is certainly an important document readers should know the “behind the scenes” story on how it came to be. There were mortal men who decided what would be put in the bible and what would be left out. There were political, economic and social factors that shaped book we now call the bible. Don’t you want to know the whole story? I see people who spend more time researching a new car purchase then they do the document they bet their immortal soul on.
    Don’t you realize the Jesus’ ministry was so threatening to the leadership of the Jewish community? It was because the doctrine that he preached had far reaching social, political and economic implications.
    Take the Lords prayer for example: “Our father who/which art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come…” But for a decision made by a mortal man that phrase could have easily read “thy kingdom has come…” talk about lost in translation. Think what a profound difference saying “has come” would have made historically. This kind of knowledge doesn’t take anything away from the intent behind the prayer but knowing that the prayer went through at least 2 translations gave me cause to pause and ponder.

    When I’ve watched Bible Secrets my take on the show wasn’t that it was designed to discredit the bible in anyway only to shed light on the who, what, where, when and how the bible came to be.

    If your faith can’t stand up to questioning then perhaps you should consider not watching the show, a simple enough solution. I’ve always been amazed at how inflexible some people can be in this area. It is as if you are afraid that opening your mind to another view point is synonymous with disbelief which is a very sophomoric way to view any issue. If anything questioning can reinforce what you believe in once you over come your fear and anger both of which are evident to me in your letter. You use the language of the lambs while your heart is stewing in anger.

    Just don’t watch the show anymore and you will probably be a lot happier and more secure in your faith. As far as Dr. Cargill refuting Islam I frankly don’t see the point. We are not living in an Islamic country how many people living in America (who are not Muslim) have read any Islamic literature? How would that help an audience whose primary religious frame of reference is based in Christian literature.

    I sincerely think you should stop watching the show.

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