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Bible’s Buried Secrets, The
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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This two-hour special breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, the evolution of their belief in one God and the creation of the Bible. For the first time, more than a century of literary detective work and decades of archeological excavation in the Holy Land will challenge viewers with provocative new insights, including that most Israelites worshiped pagan gods and many believed that God had a wife, who was venerated as an idol. A story of science, history and faith, "The Bible's Buried Secrets" will leave a lasting impact on viewers and become the definitive documentary on the Bible for generations to come. In HD where available.

Website segment: Science and Faith: Complementary or Contradictory?, presented by WNET November 13, 2008 Lisa Miller religion editor, Newsweek Burton L. Visotzky rabbi, professor, Jewish Theological Seminary James A. Forbes Jr. senior minister emeritus, Riverside Church, NY Shamsi Ali imam, Islamic Cultural Center of NY William G. Dever professor emeritus, archaeology, U of AZ Gary Glassman writer, producer, director, Providence Pictures

Moderated by Newsweek Religion Editor, Lisa Miller, a panel of top scientists, theologians, and filmmakers preview selections of the new NOVA film, The Bible's Buried Secrets. The group engages in a spirited discussion on how archeology, biblical scholarship, and faith intersect and sometimes collide.



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