>On November 18, PBS will air “The Bible’s Buried Secrets,” the controversial program that seeks to present a new theory of how the Bible was written. According to comments made by those who are critical of the program, the documentary will present a minimalist view of the Hebrew Bible. The following conclusions will be presented in the documentary:
- The Old Testament was written in the sixth century BC and hundreds of authors contributed.
- Abraham, Sarah and their offspring did not exist.
- There is no archaeological evidence of the Exodus.
- The Israelites were actually Canaanites.
PBS has released the trailer below for the two-hour television special.
People who have been following the minimalist/maximalist discussion probably will learn nothing new from this program. I am sure the documentary will present the same arguments that have been discussed before. Those people who have a low view of the Bible probably will be re-affirmed once again in their view that the Bible presents an invented history of Israel.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary