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Holy Moses! PBS documentary suggests Exodus not real
OrlandoSentinel.com ^ | July 21, 2008 | Hal Boedeker

Posted on 07/22/2008 2:37:05 AM PDT by Man50D

Abraham didn't exist? The Exodus didn't happen?

The Bible's Buried Secrets, a new PBS documentary, is likely to cause a furor.

"It challenges the Bible's stories if you want to read them literally, and that will disturb many people," says archaeologist William Dever, who specializes in Israel's history. "But it explains how and why these stories ever came to be told in the first place, and how and why they were written down."

The Nova program will premiere Nov. 18. PBS presented a clip and a panel discussion at the summer tour of the Television Critics Association.

The program says the Bible was written in the sixth century BC and that hundreds of authors contributed.

"At least the first five books of the Bible come together during the Babylonian exile," says producer Gary Glassman.

The program challenges long-held beliefs. Abraham, Sarah and their offspring probably didn't exist, says Carol Meyers, a religion professor at Duke University.

"These stories are unlikely to represent real historical events, but rather there's some kernel of ancient experience in there which has survived and which helps give identity to the people at the time the Bible finally took shape centuries and centuries later," Meyers says.

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


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1 posted on 07/22/2008 2:37:06 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: Man50D

PBS = NAZI channel...


2 posted on 07/22/2008 2:45:03 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Man50D

“The program says the Bible was written in the sixth century BC and that hundreds of authors contributed.”

I guess all those original texts from the first century which exist escaped the producers pot fogged mind. I’m referring to the New Test of course. The Bible is the most documented text of all time.


3 posted on 07/22/2008 2:48:14 AM PDT by driftdiver (No More Obama - The corruption hasn’t changed despite all our hopes.)
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To: Man50D

You should know that any person, site or event in the Bible is fictional, don’t you read the media or watch TV; that’s the only way we can be brainwashed to dispel the Judeo-Christian faith.

Mohammed (piss upon him)and islamist are the real deal.


4 posted on 07/22/2008 2:50:43 AM PDT by RexFamilia
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To: Man50D
Another shocker: The program contradicts the biblical view that the Israelites came from somewhere else into the land of Canaan. "The film shows that they were Canaanites," Apsell says.

I guess that's it. They have video proof. I wonder if they sent back a robot into ancient prehistory and had it record events, or maybe they have a machine that opens up a window in time that let's us peer backward thousands and thousands of years. Now we can answer all our questions about the past... Like who killed Kennedy (either), or what really happened at Tora Bora, or where the heck was Obama born?

But I doubt the producers of the show are not going to give us access to all their time traveling equipment, so we'll just have to trust them to show us the truth. Besides, they have video.

5 posted on 07/22/2008 2:54:40 AM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Man50D
Dog Bites Man!

Liberal Government Media attack credibility of Scripture.

WHAT a surprise! Who saw THAT coming?

I mean, other than everybody ....

6 posted on 07/22/2008 2:56:22 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: Man50D
They string together this possibility, and that conjecture, and they think that maybe it happened this way and note that this could have been caused by that ...

And why do they jump through such hoops? Because they have an overwhelming need to attack any worldview which is based on Faith.

Irony, anyone?

7 posted on 07/22/2008 2:57:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Et si omnes ego non)
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To: Man50D
Abraham, Sarah and their offspring probably didn't exist, says Carol Meyers, a religion professor at Duke University

When did someone start challenging this? There is ample evidence of the existence of Abraham outside of scripture. Shoot, archaelogists are pretty sure that they know which group of houses (if that's what you want to call them) in Ur of Chaldea he lived in.
8 posted on 07/22/2008 3:01:46 AM PDT by raynearhood ("As for you, when wide awake you are asleep, and asleep when you write..." - Jerome)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Yet do a similar program on denying AGW and you should be prosecuted...
9 posted on 07/22/2008 3:02:20 AM PDT by DB
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To: Man50D

More PC anti-religious, hate-filled propaganda. And if you don’t think this isn’t connected to the Nov. elections, you’re dreaming. Every single thing they do is Liberal agenda driven.

On a lighter note, early am Boston news, channel 4, reports that our wonderful governor, Deval Patrick, is laughing off rumors that he might be nominated to the Supreme Court when (not if), Obama wins. He wants a second term as MA. governor. This is reported giddily by the blonde reporterette. I find myself so nauseated I can’t eat breakfast.


10 posted on 07/22/2008 3:05:40 AM PDT by hershey
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To: Man50D
This is more crap from the same guy who's past crap has always been proven fraudulous. Never gives up, does he. As an aside, this time he's really pushing his luck. If what he says is true, Islams entire claim to be descendants of Abraham through the bastard child (which can't be true anyways because Bedouins already existed, his bastard child was the result of his Bedouin slave woman getting knocked up) is false. (the Islamic version of the story is messed up anyways)

Therefore, Islam doesn't exist. That ought to get his head chopped off if he's caught in a dark alley by a ROP nut.

11 posted on 07/22/2008 3:13:00 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood; Man50D

>>>PBS = NAZI channel

Well I don’t know about that. The History Channel used to be the Hitler Channel though. I’m afraid it’s become the Alaska Channel since then. I miss Panzers.

I don’t think it’s a news bulletin the literal story of the Exedous is doubtful. Decades of archeology indicate strongly the Pyramids were built as public works projects employing Egyptian volunteers building up spiritual credit for serving their Pharaoh-God while living on government rations.

C.B. Demille style slave crews would slow the work down. They’d be more trouble then they’d be worth when professional workmen were volunteering.

The strong make many, the weak make few, the dead make none. And slaves aren’t big on quality control.

That said I have wondered that another theory might be more likely. That some bands of Hebrew tribesmen had been allowed to settle in Eastern Sinai to work the land and help defend the frontier, that they failed to adapt to Egyptian ways and ultimately broke their oaths of loyalty and escaped back to Judea. Instead of “Pharoah’s hosts” in pursuit there might have been a local garrison, or more likely the Egyptians would have said good riddance.


12 posted on 07/22/2008 3:13:03 AM PDT by tlb
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To: driftdiver
I guess all those original texts from the first century which exist escaped the producers pot fogged mind. I’m referring to the New Test of course. The Bible is the most documented text of all time.

Shhhhh! You are upsetting the Atheist Liberals!

Plus, if the Bible is true, they are answerable to God - just like you and me.

13 posted on 07/22/2008 3:15:01 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: Man50D
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.

Psalm 2:4
14 posted on 07/22/2008 3:17:57 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Privatizing profits and socializing losses is no way to run an economy)
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To: coconutt2000
"But I doubt the producers of the show are not going to give us access to all their time traveling equipment, so we'll just have to trust them to show us the truth. Besides, they have video. "

I'm sure he has a good explanation of how all these sixth century authors predicted the temple destruction, how Herods stones which still lay where they were thrown down by the Romans, plus all the damage to the stone road from when these huge stones fell.

There are simply too many prophecies that show proof that the bible IS the word of God, and written by the Prophets over vast periods of time inspired by the Holy Spirit and unknown to each other.

The it's confirmed again by the Gospel of Christ, written by the Apostles whose original parchments still exist today.

Simply walking through the holy lands today, looking at the landmarks and ruins described in the bible prophacies before they even existed is wonderous.

15 posted on 07/22/2008 3:27:19 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Man50D

Instead of this PBS tripe, I suggest “The Naked Archeologist”.

I remember one of his shows in particular. He showed the charred floor of a building in a town Joshua had burnt.


16 posted on 07/22/2008 3:33:28 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: tlb
"C.B. Demille style slave crews would slow the work down. They’d be more trouble then they’d be worth when professional workmen were volunteering. The strong make many, the weak make few, the dead make none. And slaves aren’t big on quality control.

You sure are assuming a lot. You are assuming slaves of the time would be rebellious and difficult workers, delivering shoddy work.

Nothing could be further from the truth. They were born into slavery, and were the professional workers, their crafts handed down father to son. Many slaves achieved higher social status, just as the bible describes.

17 posted on 07/22/2008 3:37:21 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: tlb

I’ll have to go back over the story, but I don’t think the Israelites made the pyramids, according to the bible. They are mentioned as working the fields and making straw bricks.


18 posted on 07/22/2008 3:39:25 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: tlb

Slaves of those times weren’t beaten and worked till death. It was simply their station in life, and they lived in acceptance of that social order within that society. They WERE the professional craftsmen, not subordinates of them.


19 posted on 07/22/2008 3:42:43 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: coconutt2000

How can an archaeologist tell the difference between a canaanite and an Israelite???

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Their foreskins?

;-)

William Dever knows the difference?


20 posted on 07/22/2008 3:44:23 AM PDT by Richbee
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