SBS documentary showcase Lost Worlds screens a two part special, The Bible’s Buried Secrets, which explores the beginnings of modern religion and the origins of the Hebrew Bible, otherwise known as the Old Testament.
It brings together decades of archaeological exploration and more than a century of meticulous literary research of the Holy Land. It promises to shed new light on ‘how the ancient Israelites finally turned their back on idol worship to find their one God – a God that is now central to the world’s three biggest monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.’
“The common understanding…was that their neighbours worshipped many different gods and goddesses, and the [ancient] Israelites worshipped only the one true God. But that is not the case. The Israelites frequently worshipped other Gods. Now maybe they weren’t supposed to, but they did.” – leading Biblical scholar Michael Coogan
Narrated by Liev Schreiber and incorporating Bible readings from Stockard Channing, this scientific detective story unfolds through careful study of archaeological artefacts left behind by the ancient Israelites.
The doco’s archaeologists and biblical scholars tackle major questions such as where did the ancient Israelites come from? Who wrote the Bible, when and why? And how did the worship of one God emerge?
They also offer provocative new insights, such as:
• The first five books of the Bible were not written by Moses, as traditionally held, but by at least four different groups of scribes writing over several hundred years.
• Deciding to worship just one God was a process that took hundreds of years to evolve, and only truly happened after the Israelites’ devastating exile in Babylon – centuries later than previously thought – as proven by the discovery of pagan idols at dozens of ancient Israelite archaeological sites.
• There is no historical evidence to prove that the Exodus – the mass movement of Israelites from Egypt – actually took place.
“Sadly this is another attempt of destroying truth from God’s word so those who are not grounded in His word fall away even more. Call your local PBS station and tell them we do not want this to air,” wrote the Christian Web News Network when The Bible’s Buried Secrets first aired in the United States.
The Bible’s Buried Secrets is a powerful partnership between science and scholarship which transports viewers into the world of the Old Testament through guided explorations of ancient ruins, interviews with experts, animations of biblical passages and dramatic recreations of Biblical events.
It airs 7:30pm Sunday 12 September and Sunday 19 September on SBS ONE.