The Bible: A History

2014
48:09

August 17, 2014

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Jesus - Gerry Adams, politician and supporter of the IRA throughout years of sectarian conflict and the subsequent peace process, investigates the life and death of Jesus Christ, against the backdrop of his own life and career. Adams sets out to discover the real, historical Jesus, rather than the version of Jesus he was taught about as a child, and to establish who killed him and why. Along the way, Adams consults theologians, archaeologists and historians in Ireland and Israel. (From the UK) ...
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S1 Ep7 - Revelation: The Last Judgement

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Revelation: The Last Judgement - Since it was written in the first century AD, the Book of Revelation has been seen as one of the most controversial books in the entire Bible. Dr Robert Beckford sets out to discover what message really lies at the heart of this book. He explores whether it really is a guidebook to the events leading up to the end times when God will return to judge all men. And he investigates the alternative interpretation that Revelation is a call to arms, proclaiming the rev...

S1 Ep6 - St Paul

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St Paul - Tom Holland, historian and award-winning author on the classical world, examines the significance of St Paul. After Jesus himself, Paul is the most important person in the story of the origins of Christianity. Even today, at a time when the influence of the Bible seems to be fading, Paul continues to be cited by traditionalists opposed to any changes in the Church. Holland argues that Paul himself, in the context of his own times, was an altogether more complex and contradictory figur...

S1 Ep4 - The Daughters Of Eve

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The Daughters of Eve - A revealing exploration of one of the world's most influential books. In this episode, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes meets the feisty women figures of the Bible. While it’s fashionable to dismiss the Bible as a manifesto for misogyny, Hughes argues that the Bible is a window on the Bronze Age, a time when women had more power. She introduces a dazzling cast of female characters: warriors, adulterous wives, mothers and 'good' women - all daughters of Eve. (From ...

S1 Ep3 - Moses And The Law

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Moses and the Law - Conservative MP and Christian Ann Widdecombe goes in search of the law of Moses, tracing the historical origins of the Ten Commandments and their profound influence on British society for over two millennia. She has robust encounters with scholars, and with leading atheists Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry, who reject some of her most deeply held beliefs. But she passionately argues that we would have more fulfilled lives today if we still followed biblical law. (From th...

S1 Ep2 - Abraham

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Abraham - A revealing exploration of one of the world's most influential books. In this episode, war correspondent Rageh Omaar, who was brought up as a Muslim, examines Abraham, one of the most revered patriarchs of both the Jewish and Christian Bible, and of the Muslim Holy Qur'an. Omaar travels to Israel, the West Bank and Iraq to investigate the story of Abraham, and ask whether his legacy is a source of great division or if the great patriarch holds the key to peace and reconciliation. (Fro...

S1 Ep1 - Creation

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Creation - A revealing seven-part series that explores one of the world's most influential books. Each episode is presented by a prominent commentator and thinker who explores the ideas and influence of seven books of the Scriptures, tracing how they came into existence and how they have shaped the world we live in today. In the first episode, leading British novelist Howard Jacobson tries to find a path between religious and atheistic fundamentalists. (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (Rpt) G...
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