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Science of the Bible: Vol 1 NR CC

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Forensic detectives, scientists, historians and archaeologists join forces to uncover the scientific underpinnings of the stories at the heart of the Scriptures in this National Geographic Channel presentation. Traveling to the Holy Land in a journey back in time, the experts pursue the truth behind such Bible stories as the Last Supper, the first Christmas, Jesus arrest, the Crucifixion and more.

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Genres Documentary
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MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Atma Weapon on February 2, 2014
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I think the title was a bit misleading only because it says "Science of the Bible" which is a rather vast subject, but this volume was basically only concerned with Jesus and more specifically in attempting to fill in some of the gaps in our understanding of the historical Jesus from his youth to his baptism by John the Baptist. I thought the emphasis was much more historical than scientific, though I admit the distinction isn't always a clear one. I suppose it is scientific insofar as it draws upon information outside of the biblical narrative for context (which in some cases involves archaeological finds), but it's less a presentation of facts and forensics than a plausible and realistic reconstruction based on historical generalities rather than specific archaeological evidence.

There is no discussion of Jesus' birth, his ministry, or his death. Instead, most of the time is devoted to exploring his childhood and early adulthood before he started preaching. First, the town of Nazareth is portrayed as well as how Jesus would have been situated into that context. Then, the discussion turns to the Roman influence on the region, Jesus' interaction with nearby towns, the ritual purification in basins of undrawn water, and the figure known as John the Baptist. The documentary poses the question of how and why Jesus came to meet up with John the Baptist, but no definitive conclusions were reached. Next, it discusses the death of John the Baptist and suggests that this was a pivotal event for Jesus.

There were interesting bits of information in this volume:

1. Jesus and Joseph may not have been carpenters as we think of the word, but were probably manual laborers of lower social rank than farmers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim King on February 23, 2015
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Horrible. ...No science here. Just opinions of obvious haters of the Bible and anything having to do with God. Speaking as if they have personal knowledge of the 1st century. And too much use of vague and suspicious historical references. Disappointed but not surprised.
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It was a nice travel back in time to how things ran when Jesus was young. The only science I really seen and enjoyed was the archaeology and the ruins. It stayed pretty true to the bible, but trying to appear unbiased they had to draw in the age ole conspiracy Was Jesus married? Thankfully they moved on and spent the majority of time talking about if Jesus had siblings and the nit picking on the Hebrew word that we believe means carpenter. The big debate all because carpenters primarily work with "wood" and the Hebrew translation of travakon means work with hands using stone or rock material. I just saved you about 15 mins of this video with that info about the word "carpenter" because it spent more than enough time on that "mind blowing" discovery comparing the translation and definition of carpenter. I was waiting for the translator who discovered this bible translation to come out and take a bow, (sorry I had to put that in there because I honestly thought that)

There was only 2 things that I thought were obvious that this movie acts like it dug in the meaning out. 1) that Jesus has siblings. I thought that was common knowledge, yes he did younger ones. The exact number not sure, but the answer being yes. 2) that John the Baptist was baptizing for spiritual cleaning in his message. I can't speak for everyone, but I thought that was pretty obvious if you've ever read the verses even once.

Once again, I did like it for the archaeology and seeing places where Jesus would have been. If you can get passed if Jesus had siblings and was a carpenter its pretty good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W. Mattingly on June 26, 2015
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Nothing really new in this video. If you know your Bible and your a scientist as I am, this is boring. For a taste of real science versus the Bible, check out Chuck Missler, or Hugh Ross. Now that will make you sit back and get a full meal of Science and the Bible.
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Though the title is very definitely misleading and I disagree with the tone of the film in presenting a picture of Jesus as just a teacher and possibly a disciple of John, which, even John disagrees with, it does add helpful information about the period of time in which Jesus lived. I, in itself, leaves some periods blank such as the several years of Jesus' early life spent in Egypt. If viewed in the same way as non-Biblical sources, it can provide insights into understanding the time and how Jesus must have observed what was going on around him. I wish the title were more in-line with the subject matter. There was some use of archeology in describing the periods and what happened; but a better title might have been The Life and Times of Jesus based on Archeological Evidence. That is a pretty long and technical title; but it says what the film was about. To my knowledge, nothing false was stated as truth; but things were implied that were not substantiated by scientific evidence. I even think that the unsubstantiated statements were fairly clear by the way they were presented, if you know the Bible and Josephus. I would recommend a thoughtful careful viewing of this film.
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