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NOVA: The Bible's Buried Secrets I

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, November 06, 2008

Panelists discuss the historic, scientific and theological mysteries brought up in The Bible's Buried Secrets, NOVA's landmark two-hour special. The Bible's Buried Secrets takes viewers on a fascinating scientific journey that began 3,000 years ago and continues to this day. The film presents the latest archeological scholarship from the Holy Land to explore the beginnings of modern religion and the origins of the Hebrew Bible, or the Old Testament. This archeological detective story tackles some of the biggest questions in biblical studies. Where did the ancient Israelites come from? Who wrote the Bible, when, and why? How did the worship of one god - the foundation of modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - emerge? A powerful intersection of science, scholarship, and scripture, The Bible's Buried Secrets provides unique insight into the deeper meaning of these biblical texts and their continuing resonance through the centuries. The Bible's Buried Secrets can be streamed **[here](http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/bible/program.html)**, on the NOVA website.

Gary Glassman is president and executive producer of Providence Pictures and he is the writer, director and producer of the NOVA documentary The Bible.
Joan Branham is an associate professor of Art History and the department chair of Art and Art History. She is interested by the relationship of "the sacred" and "the profane" in architecture. Branham is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. She believes that it is important to recognize the multiple dimensions of faculty members, especially in their roles as teachers and scholars. The CTE is thus committed to supporting faculty teaching and research, not simply as two separate entities, but as mutually reinforcing elements within the lives of faculty members.
Lawrence Stager, Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel and head of the Harvard Semitic Museum in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University has overseen excavations under the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, the great Philistine port city, since 1985, as well as Carthage. Professor Stager teaches courses in Syro-Palestinian archaeology and Hebrew Bible at Harvard University and is an active professional member of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). Prior to teaching at Harvard, he was professor of Syro-Palestinian archaeology at the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Stager has written several articles: one accessible piece for laymen being "The Fury of Babylon: Ashkelon and the Archaeology of Destruction," in the *Biblical Archaeology Review* for January/February 1996.