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The Bible's Buried Secrets

Religious Perspectives

Rabbi David Wolpe

Rabbi David Wolpe
Sinai Temple
Los Angeles, California

"The search for the origins of the biblical stories has entered a new era. Now we can coax the earth into yielding some of its treasures and secrets."


The search for the origins of the biblical stories has entered a new era. Now we can coax the earth into yielding some of its treasures and secrets. The NOVA film effectively presents the conclusions of archeologists and scholars. Many believe that the stories were different in emphasis or event from the biblical account; others reinforce the account we know from the Bible itself. In both cases, the viewer is riveted by the possibilities and perspectives.

I wish that religious traditions had been more widely consulted in the making of the film. The Talmud, for instance, preserves some memories that cannot necessarily be uncovered archeologically, but are nonetheless valuable in figuring out the complex picture of biblical history. With this caveat, however, the program is important for people who are struggling to figure out the connection between the story as it is written, and the story as it is unraveling through scholarly exploration of inscriptions, pottery, and the whisper of ancient ruins.

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