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No single work has shaped Western civilization more than the Bible. In this provocative seven-part series, renowned archaeologist John Romer (Ancient Lives) traces the roots of the world's most important book in light of archaeological evidence. Who wrote the Bible? Where did the story of creation come from? What can archaeology tell us about Abraham, the Exodus, and Jesus of Nazareth?
Join Romer as he visits dig sites at Jericho, Jerusalem, and elsewhere to uncover the motives and methods of the people who told the sacred story, attacked it, defended it, and transformed it throughout history. For believers and nonbelievers alike, this fascinating journey reveals the Bible not only as a record of historical events, but also as a profound profession of faith that still holds our hearts and minds.
One of the world's foremost archaeologists, John Romer led the Brooklyn Museum's expedition to excavate the tomb of Ramesses XI. Since 1979, he has served as president of the Theban Foundation, an organization for the preservation of Egyptian royal tombs.
"Extraordinary investigation into the origins and background of the Bible" -- The Observer (U.K.)
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The episodes are presented by John Romer, world renowned archaeologist, who avoids preaching the texts while enthusiastically teaching the words and just how they came into being. How testaments became books of faith. Some facts, however, do not line up, and Romer tries to explain why. Sometimes there is not answer. It's a book of FAITH not HISTORY, he reminds. He traveled the world of Biblical times, crawling into every cave, every dig site, and comes up with a spellbinding 7 episodes revealing facts little known. The camera crawls into the sites behind Romer, offering close-ups of some of the most fragile, eventful, and historic written evidence of history and faith that exists in the world. Travels extend from Egypt to Ireland, Jericho to Jerusalem, and offers revealing archaeologist data at a level we all can understand and enjoy.
It's not just for Jewish and Christian faithful viewers. The footage alone, in ancient worlds, makes it a documentary for every library, and of course religious related shelves in any school, church, synagogue. This fantastic series goes hand-in-hand with the previously released Athena Learning DVD set of "Ancient Lives", also recommended, equally fascinating.
Some John Romer quotes:'in history, as in faith, real truth, insight, is never to be found in bits of information, scientific facts, but in the order, in the patterns that you choose to make with them.'
'There is no other ancient book in the world that is so perfectly preserved.'
History experts agree 'Jesus lived in Galilee, he preached, he healed, he had followers, he came to Jerusalem, he argued with the temple authorities, and he was crucified by the Romans.'
'Bible was made in an ancient age of faith' & a bestseller since the 1880s.
Bonus includes a 17 page Viewer's Guide including references to further study and "Bearers of the Word" and SUBTITLES are available.
Perhaps the most complete archaeological discussion on Biblical writings that has ever been compiled. Includes the newest of manuscript discoveries.
Together with James Burke's several BBC series and John Romers' other wonderful programs, this one is easily in my top 10. As is his style, Mr. Romer tends to give much more consideration to the people and their motivations rather than simply disgorging dates and names. We walk away with a better cultural understanding of our past and, by extension, our present.
Whether it is Faith, history, sociology or just general interest that leads you to consider purchasing this series, I highly recommend it. Bear in mind, too, that it had been unavailable in any format for a very long time (even used VHS copies were nigh on impossible to find!) and may become so again.