The History Channel’s Bible Show

I’m looking forward to the HISTORY thing with Candida Moss and Francesca Stavrakopoulou and Mark Goodacre and the others- but given the channel’s track record and history of distortions i’m unwilling to accept blanket endorsements of it.  Do you remember what happened the last time the History Channel aired a ‘Bible themed’ special?  Some of those most delighted about the present special were first in line calling into question the previous one.

I’ll withhold praise until the program demonstrates it deserves it.

3 thoughts on “The History Channel’s Bible Show

  1. Yuval Goren 9 Nov 2013 at 2:24 am

    Jim, indeed we should wait and let the new program the chance it deserves. But following the History Channel for years and given its track record, I won’t be surprised at all if the History Channel will attempt to convince us that the Bible was written by aliens and that Moses, Jesus and Mohammed were messengers from other planets, coming on different times to deliver their messages from the planet of Cripton.

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    • Yuval Goren 13 Nov 2013 at 12:26 am

      Well, I must apologize for my comment which was written and out of unawareness to the whereabouts of this specific upcoming documentary. That is because in fact, what I wrote was directed by my general dismay at what I quite often see in the History Channel regarding archaeology. Of course, knowing now who is the team standing behind it, I eagerly await watching it and I apologize if my words could be otherwise interpreted. I had no intention whatsoever to trash any individual or organization related with this production.

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      • Jim 13 Nov 2013 at 5:19 am

        Yuval I don’t think anyone could take your sage and intelligent caution as ‘trashing’ anyone or insulting anyone connected with the show. In fact I’m quite sure that many of those who will be featured in the program would say the same thing if they weren’t involved in it (since they have done so before regarding History Channel productions).

        Vaunting a tv show before it airs is like recommending a book before its been read. Caution is the only appropriate attitude towards documentaries about the Bible. Even when we appreciate the work of those involved. Because, as we all ought to know, what tv producers do to scholarship isn’t always honorable.

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