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Holy Moses! PBS Documentary Suggests Exodus Not Real
OrlandoSentinel.com ^ | July 21, 2008 | Hal Boedeker

Posted on 07/21/2008 10:01:21 PM PDT by kellynla

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.

There's no archaeological evidence of the Exodus, either, she says, but "it doesn't mean that there's no kernel of truth to it."

Nova series producer Paula Apsell says she found it "extremely shocking" to learn that monotheism was a process that took hundreds of years.

"I was always brought up to believe that the minute Abraham and the patriarchs came on the scene, the Israelites accepted one God and there was just always one God and that was it," Apsell says. "I think people are going to really be stunned by that."

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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.
1 posted on 07/21/2008 10:04:07 PM PDT by kellynla
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To: Salvation; NYer; narses

ping


2 posted on 07/21/2008 10:04:27 PM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

Who cares... they are worthless in their opinion


3 posted on 07/21/2008 10:08:12 PM PDT by Porterville (I hasten karmic justice through revenge.)
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To: kellynla

As long as they have still have a “The Fireplace Channel,” I’ll never waste my time watching the garbage spewed out by PBS.


4 posted on 07/21/2008 10:10:53 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("The End Is Near!" - Algore)
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To: kellynla

Bible Bashing by PBS? No way!


5 posted on 07/21/2008 10:12:56 PM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts (If there were no Cowards there could be no Bullies.)
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To: kellynla
Billions and billions of Christians down through the years examining, reading, feeling, thinking, believing, reviewing.

But Carol Meyers and Gary Glassman? They're the ones who figured it ALL out. Yessir. "The film shows that they were Canaanites," Apsell says.

Well then, toss those bibles in the trash and begin the church burnings. WHAT were we thinkin'? After all, scientists have NEVER in all of history on this flat planet ever been wrong.\sarc

6 posted on 07/21/2008 10:15:22 PM PDT by Hi Heels (Be good and you will be lonesome. FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: kellynla

Think think Obama will have been elected by the time this airs.


7 posted on 07/21/2008 10:15:28 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
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To: kellynla

They had better watch it. Muslims believe in Abraham....To tell Muslims, Abraham was a myth, is really bad and racist.....and dangerous.


8 posted on 07/21/2008 10:15:35 PM PDT by Coffee200am ("We should all be living in mud huts and riding bicycles to avoid killing the polar bears..."/s)
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To: steve86
I meant "They think Obama will have been elected by the time this airs".
9 posted on 07/21/2008 10:16:12 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
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To: steve86

The long time held beliefs will outlast these LOSERS sent from the pit of hell!


10 posted on 07/21/2008 10:16:56 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: divine_moment_of_facts
I'll be looking forward to the “Unraveling of the Islamic Hoax” coming soon on PBS. </sarcasm>
11 posted on 07/21/2008 10:18:10 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: kellynla

These people are so afraid that there will be a Judgement Day that it makes them feel a little better when they throw sticks at the Bible.

The truth is the truth whether or not anyone believes it. So, are you that certain that there is no God that you will bet your eternity on it? “Do you feel lucky...”

History Channel, PBS, Discovery, etc. They all like to question Scriptures...


12 posted on 07/21/2008 10:18:44 PM PDT by dmanLA
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To: kellynla

You would think the producers would be worried of the reaction by Jews & Christians. You know, rioting, beheading, car bombs, etc. These producers are brave souls to show this documentary in George Bush’s Amerkkka!!!

(nudge nudge wink wink) :-)

Where is the “ah geez, not this sh*t again!” dude?? It would apply here.


13 posted on 07/21/2008 10:19:55 PM PDT by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: kellynla

They’re idiots. Evidence was found that shows where the route was. They found Egyptian chariot wheels on both sides of the Red Sea.

Here’s one of many sites that reported it:

http://bibleprobe.com/exodus.htm

Friggin’ God-hating liberal public television elites.


14 posted on 07/21/2008 10:22:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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"I was always brought up to believe that the minute Abraham and the patriarchs came on the scene, the Israelites accepted one God and there was just always one God and that was it," Apsell says. "I think people are going to really be stunned by that."

Stunned by what? Their worthless opinion or their attempt to rewrite history? I'm not even surprised let alone stunned by anything PBS might attempt.

15 posted on 07/21/2008 10:23:33 PM PDT by jerry639
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To: kellynla

Aspell has obviously never read the Old Testament. If she had she would not be surprised That there would be evidence of worship of false gods. It was a constant struggle for the prophets to keep the Israelites from worshiping the Lord.

In addition she would not be surprised that there is a close relationship between the Canaanites and the Israelites. All one would have to do is read from Genesis through Joshua to know that. Not all decedents of Abraham went to Egypt. Moses himself married outside of Israel.


16 posted on 07/21/2008 10:31:07 PM PDT by ghostcat
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To: kellynla

Gosh. Who am I going to believe?

Some academics who got a grant to do a documentary on PBS?

Or the Bible?

Some professors?

Or the foundation of all faith and morality?


17 posted on 07/21/2008 10:39:17 PM PDT by mojito
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To: jerry639

My tax money goes to pay for this, since PBS is Public Broadcasting.

But PBS won’t present the other side of this (or many other) question.

So I not only have to hear about this program, but I have to pay for it, too.

Whatever happened to separation of church and state?

In communist Russia they claimed to have “freedom of religion” and “freedom of the state to educate the people against religion”.

I guess we have that here now, too.


18 posted on 07/21/2008 10:40:57 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: kellynla
Pumping out Bravo Sierra

19 posted on 07/21/2008 10:46:27 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Oh my coolaide has a fist name, it's B A R A K, my coolaide has a second name it's J U A N Y...)
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To: kellynla

Wow. PBS is on a real tear lately, even by their standards, after this and that recent WW2 mocumentary that was claiming the US military were all war criminals for the tactics it used to end the war.


20 posted on 07/21/2008 10:48:50 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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