Saturday, April 15, 2006

Are there really NO stupid questions?

This post won't be as organized as most, but I've got to write something.

I'm watching the History Channel's show "Mysteries of the Bible." This particular episode is about the Galilee of Jesus' day. I don't mean to seem conspiratorial, but here is a quick list of concerns I have over this show which allegedly deal with history.

Here are a few of points that have raised my ire and called for this post:

1) The show alleges that the Galilee is not at all like tradition has the biblical version fo the Galilee. Rather than a quaint, pastoral village, it was a bustling place of business, so archaeologists have found. The trouble is that the bible doesn't allege or base any claims on the Galilee being only a farm region

2) The point of Jesus' "render unto Caesar" story is interpreted as though Jesus meant to imply that his ministry is not at all concerned with physical, material things. The trouble is Jesus was speaking in terms of politics and graven images,not in terms of all things material.

3) The show makes a huge deal about the Gospels entirely ignoring the city of Sepharis, bigger than other cities of the era and region, alleged hometown of Mary, mother of Jesus, and "bigger and more important than Cana, where Jesus went to initiate his ministry." Scholars, at least the ones on this show, are stymied at this "problem."
The trouble is at least as John reports it, Jesus did not go to Cana to initiate his ministry. That was his mother's idea (John 2:3). While supposed scholars are confused why Jesus went to Cana rather than Sepharis, I have a pretty simple anwser: That's where the wedding was! I'm not sure what to make of the ommission of Sepharis from the Gospel accounts, except that I imagine it is not the only place in the Holy Land that is not mentioned in the Gospel. (Perhaps the Sepharis Chamber of Commerce chose not to market their town to the Evangelists)

The show isn't bad; but it isn't particularly informative either. It opened with a 1986 discovery of a ship from "about the time of Jesus." No particular claims are made from the boat or from anything learned therefrom, but it does give the hour long show an air of credibility. This show needs a lot more air.


At 8:15 AM, Anonymous johnnybrower said...

i always watch those shows...and i always end up yelling at the is almost offensive how they phrase statements against the historical accuracy of the they just need some reason to tear it down...and not even a good reason at that...


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