Jaweed Kaleem has written an article this morning for the Huffington Post Religion section, entitled “Bible Secrets Revealed, New History Channel Documentary, To Premiere.”
On the rationale behind the show:
“A lot of Biblical scholarship is controversial from simply making unsubstantiated claims or by saying things like ‘we found the Arc of the Covenant and the nails of the cross,'” says Robert Cargill, an archeologist and religion professor at the University of Iowa who was a consulting producer for the show. “We wanted the scholarship itself to be controversial, based upon the facts of what we have found in our studies.”
On the diversity of scholarly opinion in the show:
“In addition to Cargill, who was raised as a Christian but now calls himself an agnostic, experts were drawn from Islamic, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and secular backgrounds. They include Reza Aslan, whose book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, topped bestseller charts this year after a controversial interview about his Islamic faith on Fox News, and Los Angeles-based author and Rabbi David Wolpe.”
The article concludes:
“We look at the different approaches to the canon. There are some people who say the Bible is the word of God, while others say, ‘well, people did the best they could to believe in the Bible a long time ago, but now we accept that everything wasn’t created in six days, now we accept that there’s evolution,” says Cargill…”Some people say the Bible is a political document, an economic document or a legal document. At the end of the day, it’s a human document, and that’s what scholars look at,” adds Cargill. “But the reason it’s so popular is because people have found so much value in it, looking toward it for nuggets of wisdom and guidance for how to life a better life.”
Give the article a read.
And tune in to “Bible Secrets Revealed” on History tonight, Nov 13, 2013 at 10/9c. The series airs every Wednesday for the next six weeks.
Live tweet your comments and feedback with the hashtag #BibleSecretsRevealed.
For more, visit the official “Bible Secrets Revealed” website.
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