Bible’s Buried Secrets

The Bible’s Buried Secrets is a new BBC TV series presented by Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou (yes that is the spelling from the BBC web site).

Dr Stavrakopoulou is an academic and senior lecturer at Exeter University. She is also claims to be an atheist. I was curious to see how her religious convictions and beliefs would influence her presentation. Would she be impartial? I was taken aback by some of her pronouncements that appeared rather arrogant.

In the first episode Francesca seems keen to claim that King David never existed and that there is no evidence for his existence. She means there is no, or little, archaeological evidence. She seemed keen to discount entirely the written records unless they are written on stone. Where is the logic in that?

One thing she said was rather funny. She claimed that King Omri hardly gets a mention in the Bible yet his reign was successful, as is seen from the archaeological record. She even showed the very few lines about Omri in the Bible. “The Bible is biased,” she said. Well of course it is. This is the sort of stuff that is taught in Sunday Schools.

Read about the reigns of the various kings in the Old Testament and you will soon discover a pattern. The reigns of kings that would seem successful in the world’s eyes, yet do not walk with God, are regarded as without value. Those kings who did walk with God are consistently mentioned as being honoured for that. This is a traditional Christian message, that all my life achievements are as nothing compared to walking with God and having everlasting life.

I think it is the next episode that she will claim God had a wife. I thought she was an atheist. If there is no such thing as God, so how could he/it have a wife?

4 thoughts on “Bible’s Buried Secrets

  1. Watch just a bit of it and ask yourself how it is that she got the job. I would be interested to hear if you come up with the same answer as my wife did.

  2. The Garden of Eden has been found in the Rachaiya Basin, Southern Lebanon by exploration geologist and multi disciplined researcher Christian O’Brien CBE, who recorded the facts on this discovery in his book, co-authored with his wife Barbara Joy, the Genius of the Few in 1984.

    Up to date translations of Genesis, the Books of Enoch and the crucial Sumerian Kharsag cuneiform records from the Nippur library, re-write our secular history without religious bias.

    A raft of supporting evidence is available, which features this site as the source of the domestication of crops and animals (plus technologies) from 9,400 BC, at the start of the Holocene warming, following the Great Younger Dryas cataclysm generated ice age. Together with site survey report and records, photographs, and video presentations, much more is available on our secular history on the Golden Age Project website.

    An, the leader of the small advanced group who re-started agriculture and civilised living following this global catastrophe, was later deified as the earliest monotheistic God. Yahweh in fact translates as leader of this group, in Hebrew described as the Elohim. The Qur’an translates as the readings and recitations of An, although the contents were recorded some 9,800 years later.

    An’s daughter Ninkharsag was the governor of the research establishment based on irrigation agriculture, and later described as the Goddess of Irrigation (or Ceres). Her statue was the central feature in the 200 acre administrative centre of Mari (another name for Ninkharsag) on the Euphrates. On the documentary Dr Francesca came close to this important information and should have done her homework on this crucial subject, which identifies Ninkharsag, wife of Enlil, as the origin of the Mother Goddess, upon whom Ashera was much later based.

    Male and female leaders of communities were described as Yahweh and Asherah. Asherah could be wife or consort, and this formed the basis of the equal male and female administrative roles of Mayor and Mayoress, which still survives, but carrying the religious bias or dogma against the role of women.

    Our first Laws were the Edicts of An and Enlil (El Shaddai or El Elyon) and our first Encyclopaedia of Astronomy was Enuma An and Enlil, factors which would have been well known and understood by Abraham of Ur.

  3. The origin of Original Sin is set out below by Christian O’Brien from his improved translations of the Book of Enoch in the Genius of the Few.

    [SE XIX:l-S PP] After this, the men brought me to the sixth haven, and there I saw seven groups of Angels, very bright and wonderful, with their faces shining brighter than the Sun. They were brilliant, and all dressed alike and looked alike.
    Some of these Angels study the movements of the Stars, the Sun and the Moon, and record the peaceful order of the World. Other Angels, there, undertake teaching and give instruction in clear and melodious voices. These are the Archangels, who are promoted over the ordinary Angels. They are responsible for recording (and studying) the fauna and the flora in both the Highlands and the Lowlands.
    There are Angels who record the seasons and the years; others who study the rivers and the seas; others who study the fruits of the Lowlands, and the plants and herbs which give nourishment to men and beasts.
    And there Angels study Mankind and record the behaviour of men, and how they live.
    This record of the sixth place to which Enoch was taken within Eden is the fullest statement that we have, anywhere, of the actual daily activities of the Angels/Anannage in the Settlement of Eden/Kharsag. And the extraordinary conclusion, which we find that we cannot avoid, is that these activities appear to be compatible with the scientific interests of an exploration expedition into unknown country. Its members appear to have been studying every facet of science which such an expedition would require – from geology to botany, and from astronomy to anthropology.
    The passage goes even further, and provides a rational explanation for the religious concept of the Recording Angel – and the writing down of the good, and bad, deeds of men. From this account, we can now understand that these angel investigators were only observing Mankind from anthropological, genetic and psychological viewpoints – they were not concerned with ‘guilt’ or ‘original sin: which can now be seen as superimpositions by later, misunderstanding, religious interpreters.
    Kramer may be right when he claims that ‘History began at Sumer’. But Prehistory, and prehistorical science in particular, began at Kharsag in Eden – and for our knowledge of this, we can thank Enoch and the scribes of Sumer.

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