A two hour long 2008 PBS Nova documentary which used the latest archaeological evidence to examine what we know about the beginnings of modern religion and tackle some of the biggest questions in biblical studies, such as the origins of the bible. Who wrote the Bible? Do Christians, Muslims and Jews really worship one god? Where did the ancient Israelite’s originally come from? Numerous prominent archaeologists and historians appear in the film.
The positions that the producers ultimate took are consistent with those that are mainstream among historians and archaeologists and the documentary was generally well received by religious groups in America, with the exception of the ultra-conservative American Family Association which launched a petition for federal funding of PBS to be stopped. This documentary is not to be confused with the three-part 2011 BBC mini-series Bible’s Buried Secrets which follows a similar theme.