Tuesday, July 12, 2011

History Television To Air An Investigation On Christianity

History Television, a Canadian cable network, will broadcast an investigative documentary on Christianity. Forget what you already know about this religion and be prepared to learn new things about it, says the cable network.


On July 22, at 10 PM, the documentary Decoding the Ancients will premiere. In each of six episodes, Canadian journalist Simcha Jacobovici will shed a new light on the real history (not story) behind Christianity thanks to archeological discoveries. Besides, his investigation brought him from Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Europe.


Here's what we should expect from the six episodes:

EPISODE ONE: THE MESSIAH BEFORE JESUS
Friday July 22nd, 10PM EST 
He lived in ancient Israel, he was called the "Good Shepherd", he was killed by the Romans and he rose in three days. But he's not Jesus! Shockingly, an ancient stone tablet that has emerged from the Jordanian antiquities market seems to suggest that there was a dying and rising Messiah before Jesus. 

EPISODE TWO: VESUVIUS AND THE FEAR OF GOD 
Friday July 29th, 10PM EST 
Long ignored archaeological evidence - found beneath the ashes of Pompeii and Herculaneum - seems to suggest that what put the fear of God into pagan Romans was not Jesus, Peter or Paul. It now seems that the event most responsible for Christianity's conquest of the Roman Empire was the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. 

EPISODE THREE: NAILS OF THE CROSS 
Friday August 5th, 10PM EST 
A find so extraordinary this episode made front pages around the world just a few weeks ago. In 1990, the tomb of the High Priest Caiaphas - who, according to the Gospels, sent Jesus to the cross - was unearthed in Jerusalem. Along with other artifacts, two Roman nails were recorded in the official excavation report! The nails disappeared, and the tomb has literally been covered up. A dramatic investigation ensues, expect shocking revelations along the way. Has the nail of the cross been found? 

EPISODE FOUR: THE LOST VOYAGE OF JESUS
Friday August 12th, 10PM EST 
There is a quaint perception that Jesus spent his entire ministry - prior to going to Jerusalem where he was crucified - in northern Israel, walking along the shores of a tiny fresh water lake called the "Sea of Galilee". But is this historical reality or theological fantasy? It is explicitly stated in the Gospels that Jesus undertook an adventurous sea journey to a place called "the land of the Gadarenes". Where is this place? Why did Jesus go there? And why has this story been covered up for over two millennia? 

EPISODE FIVE: SELLING CHRISTIANITY 
Friday August 19th, 10PM EST 
History tells us that the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity in the 4th century. But did Christianity conquer Rome or did pagan Rome conquer Christianity? Archaeology in Rome and Istanbul reveals that the Emperor had the instincts of a marketing genius. Strategically combining many deities, Constantine "sold" Christ as an amalgamation of sun gods - e.g. Mithras, whose birthday was on December 25th. By force of arms, the new religion suppressed the original Jesus movement and the hundreds of Christian alternatives that had sprouted around it. Constantine's Christianity is still the world's most successful brand. 

EPISODE SIX: THE ROMAN ARMY'S SECRET CHRISTIANS 
Friday August 26th, 10PM EST 
Christianity is thought of as a religion of peace. But this episode reveals something different. The film begins in a cave near Jericho where Christian symbols have been found next to mysterious carvings of the Roman Legion. We track down these symbols from Megiddo to Pompeii to Hadrian's Wall on the English/Scottish border to Dura Europa in Syria. What we discover is that the Roman army didn't oppress Christianity - it spread it! The religion of love was spread by the greatest army the world had ever seen.

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