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?