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New PBS Nova Series Exposes Old Testament Fairy Tales
Yahoo & Reuters/Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/16/2008 | Barry Garron

Posted on 11/17/2008 4:59:05 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta

Bill Maher, on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," frequently refers to the Old Testament of the Bible as the Book of Jewish Fairy Tales.

The description might anger the pious and the fundamentalists, but guess what? Maher's close to the truth.

A visually stunning two-hour special edition of "Nova" examines decades of archaeological studies that contradict much of what is in the Bible.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


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1 posted on 11/17/2008 4:59:06 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
First in a series?

Next NOVA takes on the Koran?

2 posted on 11/17/2008 5:02:07 AM PST by AU72
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Autoskip


3 posted on 11/17/2008 5:02:21 AM PST by Ken522
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Nothing new here. Unbelievers have been saying God is a fairly tale from the beginning of time.


4 posted on 11/17/2008 5:04:04 AM PST by freemike
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
They should watch the Naked Archaeologist, who proves just the opposite.
5 posted on 11/17/2008 5:05:40 AM PST by pepperdog (The world has gone crazy.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Liberals have had a real embarrassing run on these matters lately. Too much archaeology supports the historicity of much of scripture. Minimalists circle the wagons with compliant dumba%ss media.


6 posted on 11/17/2008 5:06:34 AM PST by Rippin
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

The Bible is the anvil of truth. This will be another in a long series of broken hammers.


7 posted on 11/17/2008 5:07:22 AM PST by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Yawn. The only fairy tales here are those being told by NOVA as they rely upon nonsense that has been obsolete for decades. Modern archaeology has confirmed the Old Testament in its facts and history over and over again, often in astoundingly precise, specific detail.

See here, here, and here for examples.

8 posted on 11/17/2008 5:07:26 AM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Nihil utile nisi quod honestum - Marcus Tullius Cicero)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Yahoo and Reuters have declared Bill Maher right!

That settles it, we throw away our bibles and bow to the new God, Obama.


9 posted on 11/17/2008 5:08:20 AM PST by Carley (Real Americans love Trigg's mom.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
I miss the old 'NOVA' series with Carl Sagan.

Back then it had shock value, today it doesn't.


10 posted on 11/17/2008 5:08:43 AM PST by SouthDixie (We are but angels with one wing, it takes two to fly.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One.

"Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters."

The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.


Psalm 2:1-4

God isn't worried about Bill Maher or PBS

11 posted on 11/17/2008 5:08:50 AM PST by tx_eggman ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule" - Mencken)
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To: AU72
Next NOVA takes on the Koran?

I don't think so...

12 posted on 11/17/2008 5:09:01 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Sad to say but, one day Bill Maher will ask for just one drop of water on his tongue and he WILL know the truth.


13 posted on 11/17/2008 5:09:06 AM PST by garylmoore (Faith is the assurance of things unseen.)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

later


14 posted on 11/17/2008 5:10:00 AM PST by mel
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

“Maher’s close to the truth. “

Maher wouldn’t know the truth if he tripped on it in the light of day.


15 posted on 11/17/2008 5:10:07 AM PST by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Just in time for Christmas! Scrooged again!

(What about all the History Channel shows that show the amazing archeological evidence that supports the Bible?
Having been to the Holy Land and walked the sites and seen the archeological teams at work on the digs...I can say the latter is much more compelling)


16 posted on 11/17/2008 5:11:17 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

From the news story-—

“Then again, science and religion have had a long history of conflict until, ultimately, the former prevails.”

I wouldn’t throw the word “ultimately” around in such a cavalier fashion regarding these matters.


17 posted on 11/17/2008 5:11:31 AM PST by John W (Voters were more afraid of losing their money than losing their souls.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

When the balless wonder takes on the Koran then ping me, other than that he can go out in the desert and pound sand for all I care.


18 posted on 11/17/2008 5:11:54 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: pepperdog

The recent series on Jerusalem and the Temple and other works of Herod- was amazing television.

Two thumbs up for the Naked Archeologist!


19 posted on 11/17/2008 5:12:33 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Maher’s the same guy that said Flight 93 was downed by terrorists because stupid white people were cowards ....

His “opinions” mean ....?


20 posted on 11/17/2008 5:14:38 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
The description might anger the pious and the fundamentalists, but guess what? Maher’s close to the truth.

Yes, two homosexuals can make babies with each other, it happens all the time. </sarcasm>

21 posted on 11/17/2008 5:14:52 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: John W

Considering how close the final judgement looks... wow... are these folks in for a surprise.

There is so much wrong with the quoted statement. Modern science RELIES on the assumptions of the Judeo-Christian religion. Other cultures did not develop modern science because of their (wrong) worldview assumptions.
http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Early-Modern-Science-Islam/dp/0521529948

“the former prevails” - IE, we’re smarter than God. It’s a common theme with leftists & atheists - arrogance.


22 posted on 11/17/2008 5:16:19 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
The fool hath said in his heart: 'There is no God'
- Psalm 14.1
23 posted on 11/17/2008 5:16:25 AM PST by jonatron
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To: jonatron
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, "He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS" - 1 Corinthians 3:19
24 posted on 11/17/2008 5:20:22 AM PST by justlittleoleme
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Our $400M in tax dollar funding of PBS at work.


25 posted on 11/17/2008 5:24:41 AM PST by SC DOC
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To: jonatron

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.

Quoting God’s Word from the Bible is only effective with those that understand that it IS God’s word (2 Tim 3:16).

Ultimately, it comes down to a choice of assumptions:
In the Beginning, God...
or in the beginning, nothing.


26 posted on 11/17/2008 5:24:59 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: Drawsing
If human beings could comprehend the truth they wouldn't be perceiving the world of form.
27 posted on 11/17/2008 5:25:02 AM PST by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Yawn. The only fairy tales here are those being told by NOVA as they rely upon nonsense that has been obsolete for decades. Modern archaeology has confirmed the Old Testament in its facts and history over and over again, often in astoundingly precise, specific detail.

Yep. The more archaeologists dig, the more they find, the more the Old Testament is proven correct.

28 posted on 11/17/2008 5:29:33 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: freemike
It turns out idol worship was common through the reign of King David and right up to the Babylonian exile. If the Bible is false, then the story of the golden calf must be false; therefore the news story is false and the Bible is true.
29 posted on 11/17/2008 5:30:33 AM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: MrB
“the former prevails” - IE, we’re smarter than God. It’s a common theme with leftists & atheists - arrogance.

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom...Psalm 111:10.

But I'm preaching to the choir.

30 posted on 11/17/2008 5:32:35 AM PST by stayathomemom (Cat herder and empty nester)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

and yet only the “god is dead” documentaries are allowed on TV.

PBS is not looking at here and here.

PBS is only swooning at obama and sticking their hand out for their subsidy increase payback.


31 posted on 11/17/2008 5:33:14 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
Yes, two homosexuals can make babies with each other, it happens all the time.

Well, actually they can, provided that one of the two is a male homosexual and the other one is a female homosexual.
32 posted on 11/17/2008 5:34:35 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: Carley

Yes, they have made a TV show about it, they must have it right!

Honestly, people can make good cases for things that are totally incorrect and if people don’t have the intellect for critical thinking they fall for it.


33 posted on 11/17/2008 5:39:21 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
It turns out idol worship was common through the reign of King David and right up to the Babylonian exile.

Uh. Where is it that these folks learned of King David and the Babylonian exile? Wouldn't these be part of the "fairy tale"?

ML/NJ

34 posted on 11/17/2008 5:40:59 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: SumProVita

What’s strange about Maher is that he’s JEWISH!............


35 posted on 11/17/2008 5:41:40 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: silverleaf

...Except when he tried to pass off that ossuary, “James, the brother of Jesus....”


36 posted on 11/17/2008 5:43:00 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Red Badger

Not really...


37 posted on 11/17/2008 5:45:37 AM PST by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: onedoug

Well, different James and different Jesus...
common family names you know :-)

Now if one he can find a birth certificate saying “Jesus, son of Mary, father unknown”


38 posted on 11/17/2008 5:45:46 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

What is even worse is, teachers will record this and begin to show it in their “science” classes. When I was in school they played NOVA videos all of the time.


39 posted on 11/17/2008 5:47:10 AM PST by justlittleoleme
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To: SumProVita

Even if he doesn’t practice it or claim it, God knows he is.......


40 posted on 11/17/2008 5:49:12 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
It turns out idol worship was common through the reign of King David and right up to the Babylonian exile.

Any one who has read the Old Testament could have told you this.

Bottom feeders publishing drivel for other bottom feeders.

41 posted on 11/17/2008 5:49:21 AM PST by hopespringseternal
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To: silverleaf
Now if one he can find a birth certificate saying “Jesus, son of Mary, father unknown”

Will find that about the same time as we find The One's birth cert........

42 posted on 11/17/2008 5:50:25 AM PST by Red Badger (Never has a man risen so far, so fast and is expected to do so much, for so many, with so little...)
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... as is the idea that the Israelites were monotheistic following the contract made between God and Abraham. It turns out idol worship was common through the reign of King David and right up to the Babylonian exile.

This is the dumbest statement in the whole article. Of course idol worship was common during this period, most of Israel's kings were idolaters. The Old Testament is full of accounts of idolatry.

43 posted on 11/17/2008 5:51:27 AM PST by Sloth (What's the difference between taxation and armed robbery, aside from who's doing it?)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Sure, why not. They can start with that part about Muhammad never existed... Not that I believe that.

Somehow, I don’t they’ll do that, though. Something about “Behead those who insult Islam...”


44 posted on 11/17/2008 5:51:44 AM PST by Little Ray (Joe the Plumber. He's our only hope... God help him.)
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To: MrB
All their antibiblical hatred upsets me, especially when there are many many cases of archaeology confirming the Bible.

The Liberals want to undermine God and the people of Israel all at once. This has been tried unsuccessfully over the ages by many regimes which no longer exist: The Philistines, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Ancient Greeks and Romans failed so I'm not worried that Maher, Glassman and their friends will destroy God or Israel.

BUT, in a media and educational system already saturated with atheism, they may succeed in helping turn individuals away from God and into sin...sin that destroys those mislead souls and is slowly devouring America's blessing.

So would the Fairness Doctorine grant God-fearing men air-time to retort atheism and refutations of misrepresented biblical facts on NPR and PBS?

45 posted on 11/17/2008 5:52:29 AM PST by jonatron (God save America)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta; Alamo-Girl; betty boop; hosepipe
That article is loaded with supporting evidence! </SARC>

As an archaeologist, I have seldom -- if ever -- seen my discipline to be capable of "proving" a negative...

46 posted on 11/17/2008 5:55:02 AM PST by TXnMA (To anger a conservative, lie about him. To anger a liberal -- tell the truth...)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

“It turns out idol worship was common through the reign of King David and right up to the Babylonian exile.”

Umm, isn’t that WHY the Israelites were sent into exile? And David’s first wife hid his escape from Saul with...an idol.

So just what non-Bible reading idiot thinks this debunks the Bible?


47 posted on 11/17/2008 5:55:03 AM PST by Mr Rogers (And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way - Reagan)
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To: Carley

....it will be a COLD DAY in HELL! Another example of Gods’ matchless Mercy....They’ve been saying God is dead for a long time. Our cry for a different result in this past election has been heard, but God has another way! The
liberals and those souls faint of heart are “having their day” but God will answer for the “righteous’!

saltnlemons


48 posted on 11/17/2008 5:55:55 AM PST by tajgirvan (Surrender? I have not yet begun to fight. ! John Paul Jones)
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To: SumProVita
Maher wouldn’t know the tTruth if he tripped on it Him in the light of day.

We can pray that one day his eyes will be graciously opened, and that that day come before Mr. Maher shuffles off the old mortal coil.

I am reminded often, and by this story, of the dwarves in Lewis's The Last Battle and their refusal to see that they are surrounded by bliss.

49 posted on 11/17/2008 5:58:02 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: jonatron

Don’t give the left ANY “benefit of the doubt” for their lies.

The Censorship Doctrine has the full intent and effect of silencing dissenting conservative viewpoints.

Don’t even conjecture that it will be, or is intended to be, applied fairly.


50 posted on 11/17/2008 6:01:57 AM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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