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"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.
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first viewed this work in about 1989 and it, through John Romer, cleared up a lot of Biblical mysteries. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like John Romers voice i would fall asleep listening to this program on tape glad it is now on dvd. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Maxwell H
If you enjoy history, and especially the history of the Bible, you need to read this book.Published 17 months ago by Radio Enthusiast
Romer at his worst never disappoints. Testament is Romer at his scholarly and interpersonal best.Published 18 months ago by Frank W. Grasso
Romer has a great feeling for his material, as he looks at the Bible through the eyes of a historian and archeologist. Read morePublished 22 months ago by DC Smith