|Mysteries of the Ancient World|
Actors: William Devane, Jesse Bennett, Wayne Brennan, Douglas Caputo, James Cash
Director: Henning Schellerup
The mysteries of the ancient world have resisted science and scholars best efforts to solve them until now! Baffling, intriguing and controversial mysteries that will affect your life! This new 4-Disc box set presents the ... more »
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Paula G. from ODESSA, TX
Reviewed on 7/6/2013...
I would think that if you were trying to prove or disprove Bible stories, you would at least read them first. Every episode that I watched had something in it that was either completely against the Biblical account or, at the very least, pulled from the clear blue sky. For example, according to the movie David was just a diversion to get the army into position to attack while in the Bible David and Goliath were literally fighting as the champions of their armies and the Hebrew army didn't move until David had decapitated Goliath. The Bible seems to indicate that the statue of Daniel 3 was a direct result of the dream in Daniel 2. That is to say that Nebuchadnezzar did not like the prophecy that his kingdom would fail which was indicated by a statue of mixed metals wherein the head of gold represented Babylon. So he made a statue of solid gold to show he expected his empire to last to the end of time. In the video the statue was of some ancient Babylonian god no one had worshiped for at least a generation.
This movie also seems to miss the idea that a miracle is, by definition, something without scientific explanation. Giving scientific reasons for the Biblical miracles doesn't endorse the Bible, but cheapens God's power over all of his creation.
The one video that isn't about the Bible is a mish mash of odd possibly supernatural things. So that one gets the impression the videos makers are open to believing anything as long as it is improbable and supernatural.
And,yes, the scholarship and video quality is also questionable.
In Fact, A Very Good Study
jbeers78 | Toronto, Canada | 02/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While many like to heckle science if it doesn't back up a Humanistic view of the world, these DVD's will be a very helpful addition to anyone's collection. It shows good solid proofs for many of the ancient events recorded in the earliest parts of the Bible while giving detractors a voice. It's so funny that when good science is done it's called bad, but when bad science is done it's called good. Fortunetly (besides the more then 2000 years of attacks upon it) the stories of the Bible prove true.Don't bother with people who give a silly one star rating with useless and biased comments like this: "Amateurish, dubious archelogical references, this collection is poorly performed, edited, and researched. The bible stories are typically traditional. All in all, nothing new and intellectually painful viewing. I recommend Mysteries of the Bible for substance." You can tell by the rhetorical tone of their writing that their lying and are the ones with bad research. Everything in the show's are scientifically verifiable and the top scientists (who aren't Anti-Christian) in their fields confirm the findings, even if they aren't Christians."
Well done insight to Biblical study!
Magic Padre | Virginia | 12/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I find the "Ancient Secrets of the Bible" a very helpful tool in providing a very reasonable scientific expalanation to some of the stories in Scripture. My students ranging from 3rd grade to university level have been able to follow the contents of the program without difficulty. I do hope the company will continue to produce more of this kind of videos. I am a Catholic priest and a university campus ministry chaplain. I highly recommend this set to anyone studying Scripture at any educational level. It provides a good response to those seeking to reconcile both faith and reason. And for those who already believe in the Bible, it provides an added affirmation to one's faith."
Great for sunday school!
E. C. | Minneapolis | 07/25/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This was a pretty fun and entertaining series. It was great to see many stories from the bible re-enacted and, like the Veggie Tales series, provided once again a reminder of the many bible's passages. Every now and again when one wants to watch something other than cable/broadcast TV it's great to flip on.
However, if one is looking for unbiased viewpoints and for an actual academic bible study, the series title is very misleading. When the main endorsement on the box is from the campus crusades for christ international versus a professor of a theological seminary, you realize the series is for entertainment and "spiritual" purposes and not for any actual theological or academic purpose. Even my friends who are ministers saw the series more as entertaining propoganda than revealing any actual historical or scientific secrets, but hey, I thought that all in all a pretty good effort. I would have given it more stars except for that the title of the series didn't really match the real intent of it."