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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 363 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00393UEV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • 20-page viewer’s guide with highlights, questions to consider, avenues for further learning, maps, essays on the Gnostic gospels and Bible translations, and production notes by John Romer
  • Bearers of the Word: biographies of major figures in the development of the Bible
  • Exclusive web extras

Editorial Reviews

"Extraordinary investigation into the origins and background of the Bible" --The Observer (U.K.)

As seen on the Discovery Channel

"Stunning photography and a remarkable commentary" --The Observer (U.K.)

A global search for the roots of the Bible

No single work has shaped Western civilization more than the Bible. In this provocative seven-part series, renowned archaeologist John Romer (Ancient Lives) traces the roots of the world’s most important book in light of archaeological evidence. Who wrote the Bible? Where did the story of creation come from? What can archaeology tell us about Abraham, the Exodus, and Jesus of Nazareth?

Join Romer as he visits dig sites at Jericho, Jerusalem, and elsewhere to uncover the motives and methods of the people who told the sacred story, attacked it, defended it, and transformed it throughout history. For believers and nonbelievers alike, this fascinating journey reveals the Bible not only as a record of historical events, but also as a profound profession of faith that still holds our hearts and minds.

One of the world’s foremost archaeologists, John Romer led the Brooklyn Museum’s expedition to excavate the tomb of Ramesses XI. Since 1979, he has served as president of the Theban Foundation, an organization for the preservation of Egyptian royal tombs.

Customer Reviews

I've seen many of these books, this is one of the best!
flashgordon
The Bible is more meaningful and truly helpful when we have greater insight into the history from which it emerged.
The Thinker
Its origins and development are fascinating and essential no matter what you believe.
Jonathan Baron

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 8, 2010
A thoroughly educational & enjoyable archeological journey into the history of the world's most famous book. Scientifically presented with factual knowledge. How the Testaments were written, assembled, preserved, and how they fit into the history of the world where events took place. The DVD series 'TESTAMENT' is a world-wide, multi-country, many culture, mixed-religion, search of the roots of the how/why/when/where of religious writings that became to be known as Testaments. No intent is presented toward persuading anyone to any particular faith. The evidence evolves from several. This archeological DVD series is much more science rather than theological.

The episodes are presented by John Romer, world renowned archaeologist, who avoids preaching the texts while enthusiastically teaching the words and just how they came into being. How testaments became books of faith. Some facts, however, do not line up, and Romer tries to explain why. Sometimes there is not answer. It's a book of FAITH not HISTORY, he reminds. He traveled the world of Biblical times, crawling into every cave, every dig site, and comes up with a spellbinding 7 episodes revealing facts little known. The camera crawls into the sites behind Romer, offering close-ups of some of the most fragile, eventful, and historic written evidence of history and faith that exists in the world. Travels extend from Egypt to Ireland, Jericho to Jerusalem, and offers revealing archaeologist data at a level we all can understand and enjoy.

It's not just for Jewish and Christian faithful viewers. The footage alone, in ancient worlds, makes it a documentary for every library, and of course religious related shelves in any school, church, synagogue.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joe Ponic on July 3, 2010
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Romer sees the entirte picture and situates the growth of Scripture in its historical and cultural context. He makes one think at the same time as entertaining-no mean feat. His scholarship is thorough, accessable and well thought out. The locations make the entire series even more worthwhile. One of the best in its field
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 12, 2010
As originally shown on the Discovery channel, Testament is a seven-part series on DVD revealing what archaeology and the evidence of history can tell us about the Bible, especially the stories of Abraham, the Exodus, and Jesus of Nazareth. Host and expert archaeologist John Romer shows the viewer dig sites at Jericho, Jerusalem, and elsewhere in his quest to unravel the hidden mysteries of scripture. An extraordinary presentation intended for believers and non-believers alike, Testament is highly recommended, especially for public library DVD collections. 3 DVDs, 363 minutes, full screen, SDH subtitles.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dan A. Townsend on July 29, 2010
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John Romer guides you back through time, sifting through artifacts, sand and myth. This is one of the most important series in the 25 years! I remember the first time I viewed it, I was blown away by his knowledge, technique and enthusiasm. He is a wonderful and persuasive story teller. I am so happy to find this set on DVD. I have worn out two sets of videos I had recorded on VHS. I cannot wait to watch this series and spend time with my old friend. You do not have to be Christian, or religious in any sense of the word to experience the wonder of it all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Romer Fan on November 4, 2010
This is truly an outstanding historical series and one that I have searched for going on 10 years now... I am so happy to finally own it! Though our new High Def age leaves the cinematography feeling a bit dated, the information is still just as enjoyable.
Together with James Burke's several BBC series and John Romers' other wonderful programs, this one is easily in my top 10. As is his style, Mr. Romer tends to give much more consideration to the people and their motivations rather than simply disgorging dates and names. We walk away with a better cultural understanding of our past and, by extension, our present.
Whether it is Faith, history, sociology or just general interest that leads you to consider purchasing this series, I highly recommend it. Bear in mind, too, that it had been unavailable in any format for a very long time (even used VHS copies were nigh on impossible to find!) and may become so again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Baron on June 28, 2012
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The Personal View documentary, where a noted and accomplished academic acted as docent as a production crew toured the world, went out of style in the '90s. Too subjective people said. This as all formerly respected journalism took a turn into total subjectivity, engineered to reach known, defined segments of the body politic. Meanwhile first rate historical documentaries became impossibly impersonal and often dull.

Nonetheless the Personal View era produced an impressive body of work: Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Jacob Bronowski's The Accent of Man, James Burke's Connections, Kenneth Clark's Civilization among others. None were better than John Romer as he did something nobody else could: deliver history in depth in an unassuming, even affectionate way. Coming into Egyptology through the back door, as it were, he never developed the studied air of posh disdain you find in Simon Schama, or the man impressed with his own cleverness that you find in Burke, or the sometimes tiresome cheerfulness and overreaching hyperbole of Michael Wood. John Romer is BBC quality without the attitude or affectation.

Testament may well be his best series. Right up front he makes it clear he's an agnostic. His captivating and thorough exploration of the subject matter is driven by unflagging curiosity, not religious zeal. His central thesis is that the Bible is important whether you believe it or not. Its origins and development are fascinating and essential no matter what you believe. None of that's important really. You become so absorbed in the material - in the places, cultures, art, tantalizing fragments of civilizations long gone - that you forget any expectations you brought with you.

I recorded these programs during their broadcast run on PBS in the late 80s.
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