Have questions about History’s “Bible Secrets Revealed”? Ask them and get an answer.

Bible History DailyI’m pleased to announce a six-week collaboration with Biblical Archaeology Society‘s “Bible History Daily“, where I’ll summarize weekly episodes and field questions about History channel’s new six-part documentary series, “Bible Secrets Revealed“.

If you have a question or comment about something said during the show, ask your questions on the Bible History Daily website, and I’ll answer as many as I can. It is my hope that this format will allow some interactive follow-up to the topics discussed in the documentary.

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.

And of course, send your questions to Bible History Daily.

Audio of my interview on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River” with Ben Kieffer

Dr. Robert Cargill in Qumran Cave 4. Photo by Yuval Peleg.

Dr. Robert Cargill in Qumran Cave 4. Photo by Yuval Peleg.

Yesterday, I was interviewed by Ben Kieffer on Iowa Public Radio‘s “River to River” show. Many thanks to Ben Kieffer for a great experience, and to Producer Emily Woodbury for setting it up and making me feel at home.

Description:

“On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer sits down with University of Iowa archeologist and religious scholar, Robert Cargill. They discuss Cargill’s trip to Israel with UI students for an excavation of Tel Azekah, as well as his latest project – a six-part documentary called “Bible Secrets Revealed.” It begins airing this week on the History Channel, starting Wednesday November 13 at 9 p.m.”

Give the interview a listen.

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.

Huffington Post on “Bible Secrets Revealed” premiering tonight on History

Huffington Post ReligionJaweed 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.

Official Website for “Bible Secrets Revealed” Series on History

Bible Secrets Revealed

History has unveiled an official website for their newest documentary series, “Bible Secrets Revealed.”

The description of the series is as follows:

It’s the world’s all-time best-selling book and has been read and studied by billions over the past 2,000 years. Yet, after all this time, there are still so many mysteries and unanswered questions about the Bible: Who wrote it? How old is it? And is it accurate? From the moral codes of the Old Testament to the apocalyptic predictions of the Book of Revelation, HISTORY’s new series, Bible Secrets Revealed, seeks to answer those very questions. Over the course of six episodes, scholars, archaeologists and religious leaders will treat viewers to stunning, on-location photography and compelling reenactments while revealing hidden facts and shocking information about this ancient text.

Dont miss the series premier Wed., Nov. 13 at 10/9c.

Live tweet your comments at #BibleSecretsRevealed.

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.

UPDATE: “Bible Secrets Revealed” now to air on History WEDNESDAY, Nov 13 at 10/9c

"Bible Secrets Revealed" Title Image (Courtesy Prometheus Entertainment)

UPDATE: History channel has confirmed that the premier of “Bible Secrets Revealed” on History has been moved from Monday to WEDNESDAY, November 13 at 10pm eastern and pacific, 9 pm central.

The full schedule is as follows:

“LOST IN TRANSLATION” – Nov 13, 2013, 10:00 pm/9:00 pm central
“THE PROMISED LAND” – Nov 20, 2013, 10:00 pm/9:00 pm central
“THE FORBIDDEN SCRIPTURES” – Nov 27, 2013, 10:00 pm/9:00 pm central
“THE REAL JESUS” – Dec 4, 2013, 10:00 pm/9:00 pm central
“MYSTERIOUS PROPHECIES”- Dec 11, 2013, 10:00 pm/9:00 pm central
“SEX AND THE SCRIPTURES” – Dec 18, 2013, 10:00 pm/9:00 pm central

The first episode, “Lost in Translation” can be previewed below.

Again, I invite everyone to watch History on WEDNESDAY, Nov 13 at 10/9c to view a documentary, “Bible Secrets Revealed“, that analyzes many of the difficult claims made in the Bible.

Introduction for History’s “Bible Secrets Revealed” Episode One – “Lost in Translation” – Now Available

A preview of the introduction/teaser for the first episode of History’s “Bible Secrets Revealed” – “Lost in Translation” – is now available.

Episode one of “Bible Secrets Revealed: Lost in Translation” airs on History on Monday, Nov 11 at 10/9c. Tweet your comments with the hashtag #BibleSecretsRevealed.

The teaser is available at the Prometheus website.

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