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.

8 Responses

  1. Question (phrased in Narratorese): In part of the segment about the story of the adulteress, there’s a graphic in which all of John chapter 7 disappears, instead of just John 7:53-8:11. Are the graphics-makers just stupid? Or could there be a secret agenda to make the alterations appear more substantial than they really are?

  2. Reza Aslan said that a redactor added “eight verses” to the end of Mark. How does this esteemed expert scholar account for the remaining four verses in Mark 16:9-20?

  3. Seriously: how likely is it that the authors of the New Testament used Greek in hopes of thus receiving more money from the Romans?

  4. Neither. It’s the bridge between 7:53 and 8:11, and I can’t recall the graphic off the top of my head, but methinks they just eliminated the right side of the page, with 8:12 picking up on the next page. But I’d have to look at it again. I actually really liked the graphics.

  5. Dale Martin said, about Jesus’ birth-narratives, that there is a stable in Luke, contrasted with the house mentioned by Matthew. Precisely in what chapter and verse of Luke is the stable specifically mentioned?

  6. The feeding trough in Luke 2:7 implies a barn setting, as does the shepherds and the contrast with the inn.
    However, Matt. 2:11 mentions a house, and no mention of a manger.

  7. Dr Bob: Just now finished watching this episode and very much enjoyed it, fascinating stuff and I’m looking forward to the next.

    A couple minor points: I hadn’t known ol Henry had commissioned his own bible, but am not surprised. It’s another datum how this one king affected so much of western history. I’m curious though why his Bible has largely been forgotten in favor of the KJV?

    2) I wish the series had been at another venue; I’m one who’s become dis-inchanted with History Channel and it’s ancient aliens focus. I would have skipped ‘Bibles’ if I hadn’t known of your endorsement.

    3) I also wish you’d been given more airtime, it was great seeing you explain things live.

    4) I expect some of my Christian friends will be a bit quizzical when I discuss the series. They’re somewhat bemused that an atheist would be interested but they don’t care all that much. Their attitude appears to be they believe and I don’t…so what ?


  8. A “barn setting”? “The contrast with the inn”? Does this mean you disagree with recent scholarship demonstrating that the Greek word for “inn” in this section of Luke is not a commercial inn (is there evidence of a commercial inn on the ancient road between Bethlehem and Jerusalem?) and more likely an extended room or annex to a private residence? There is at least one Turkish period house in Israel with the “barn” inside the residence … I assume the interior (minus the roof) of this Turkish era house is similar to the “barn” where the animals stayed inside a first century residence, below the floor of the common area.

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