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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Acorn
  • Release Date: May 25 2010
  • Run Time: 363 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00393UEV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,332 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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As seen on the Discovery Channel

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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I first read the book when it was accidentally sent to me instead of the book I ordered. I was so enamoured of the book I read it within 24 hours of receiving it. I saw the series later and was no less impressed. I was not able to purchase the series for a long time and I am so glad I found it for sale here. I am not particularly religious but I enjoy the combination of sociology, story-telling, and archaeology presented here.
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John Romer is the kind of guy you can just sit & listen to for hours on end. His vast knowledge of the ancients, coupled with his unique style of speaking, make Testament a joy to behold; made even better by the haunting score, written & produced by Nigel Hess.
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By Terry Ames on Nov. 1 2015
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An excellent seris
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Harold Wolf - Published on
A thoroughly educational & enjoyable archeological journey into the history of the world's most famous book. Scientifically presented with factual knowledge. How the Testaments were written, assembled, preserved, and how they fit into the history of the world where events took place. The DVD series 'TESTAMENT' is a world-wide, multi-country, many culture, mixed-religion, search of the roots of the how/why/when/where of religious writings that became to be known as Testaments. No intent is presented toward persuading anyone to any particular faith. The evidence evolves from several. This archeological DVD series is much more science rather than theological.

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.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Testament: The Bible in History July 3 2010
By Joe Ponic - Published on
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Romer sees the entirte picture and situates the growth of Scripture in its historical and cultural context. He makes one think at the same time as entertaining-no mean feat. His scholarship is thorough, accessable and well thought out. The locations make the entire series even more worthwhile. One of the best in its field
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Highly recommended, especially for public library DVD collections May 12 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
As originally shown on the Discovery channel, Testament is a seven-part series on DVD revealing what archaeology and the evidence of history can tell us about the Bible, especially the stories of Abraham, the Exodus, and Jesus of Nazareth. Host and expert archaeologist John Romer shows the viewer dig sites at Jericho, Jerusalem, and elsewhere in his quest to unravel the hidden mysteries of scripture. An extraordinary presentation intended for believers and non-believers alike, Testament is highly recommended, especially for public library DVD collections. 3 DVDs, 363 minutes, full screen, SDH subtitles.
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Found at Last! Testament is the discovery of the ages! July 29 2010
By Dan A. Townsend - Published on
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John Romer guides you back through time, sifting through artifacts, sand and myth. This is one of the most important series in the 25 years! I remember the first time I viewed it, I was blown away by his knowledge, technique and enthusiasm. He is a wonderful and persuasive story teller. I am so happy to find this set on DVD. I have worn out two sets of videos I had recorded on VHS. I cannot wait to watch this series and spend time with my old friend. You do not have to be Christian, or religious in any sense of the word to experience the wonder of it all.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
10 years of searching finally over!!!! Nov. 4 2010
By Romer Fan - Published on
This is truly an outstanding historical series and one that I have searched for going on 10 years now... I am so happy to finally own it! Though our new High Def age leaves the cinematography feeling a bit dated, the information is still just as enjoyable.
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.

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