Revelations about so-called "sacred" biblical objects are slowly coming under the scrutiny of science.
When I visited Rome a few years back, I attended a chapel called, "St. Peter in Chains." There under glass in the center of the pulpit was supposedly the chains used to bind the biblical Peter as he fled from the Roman army. Seeing a vision of "The Christ," Peter stopped his flight and allowed himself to be caught, bound, and returned to the city.
So there it was for the world to see: the very chains used on Peter. And only a few feet away was "Moses"--that statue carved by Michaelangelo (with rays of light protruding from his "hollowed head" after receiving "The Ten Commandments").
Question is: how authentic are the chains, or even the story of Moses? For centuries people have bought into these tales, believing in them without a shred of archaeological evidence. Are they indeed factual or merely amplified urban legends? "The Science of the Bible," presented by The National Geographic, explores, uncovers, and reveals the evidence supported by scientific analysis. The general end finding: there is no archaeological evidence to support these biblical assertions.
A case in point came in the second of the series, addressing the matter of "King Solomon's Tablets." In the end, after careful, painstaking study, the various objects that had fooled the experts turned out to be forgeries. The forger was shown being taken into custody and his "secret lab" exposed, with hundreds of "biblcal objects" in various stages of "development." Not only that: it was brought out that the forger's work has made its way into the top museums and private collections of the world--London, Paris, Madrid, New York--as "authentic relics." Also that various collectors have paid millions over the years for pieces that are now proved or speculated as fake.
The National Geographic continues with this series following its excellent "History of Christmas" and "Inside the Vatican" to expose what amounts to a world-reaching fallacies in the name of religious truth.
Metaphysicians claim that we have now left the "2,000 year rein" under the "sign of Pices" and are now in the equal year period, "sign of Aquarius." Which means folks who once accepted "belief without evidence" now require "belief only with scientific proof." "The Science of the Bible" is making a significant contribution toward eradicating false "taboos" and "fears" associated with the so-called "biblical era" and its corresponding domination of worldwide cultural inhumanities.
Bravo to all associated with this fine series! --harry-76
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