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The Bibles Buried Secrets
NARRATOR: God is dead. or so it must have seemed to the ancestors of the Jews in 586 B.C. Jerusalem and the temple to their god are in flames The nation of Israel founded by King David is wiped out WILLIAM DEVER: It would have seemed to have been the end, but it was rather the beginning NARRATOR: For out of the crucible of destruction
emerges a sacred book: the Bible. and an idea that will change the world: the belief in one God Â¶ Â¶ THOMAS CAHILL: This is a new idea It was an idea that nobody had ever had before LEE LEVINE: Monotheism is wellensconced, so something major happened which is very hard to trace
NARRATOR: Now a provocative new story from discoveries deep within the Earth and the Bible EILAT MAZAR: We wanted to examine the possibility that the remains of King David's palace are here DEVER: We can actually see vivid evidence here of a destruction AMNON BENTOR: Question number one: Who did ité NARRATOR: An archaeological detective story puzzles together clues to the mystery of who wrote the Bible, when and why
And it was very clear it was some kind of a tiny scroll I immediately saw very clear, very distinct letters This is the ancestor of the Hebrew script NARRATOR: And from out of the Earth emerge thousands of idols that suggest God had a wife We just found this exceptional clay figurine showing a fertility goddess
NARRATOR: Powerful evidence sheds new light on how one people, alone among ancient cultures, finally turn their back on idol worship to find their one God This makes the god of ancient Israel the universal god of the world that resonates with people, at least in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim tradition to this very day.
(thunder crashes) NARRATOR: Now science and scripture converge to create a powerful new story of an ancient people, God and the Bible Up next on NOVA quot;The Bible's Buried Secretsquot; Captioning sponsored by EXXONMOBIL DAVID H. KOCH the HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE