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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou is “more like an undergraduate . . . than a serious academic”

Does ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ confirm the BBC’s anti-Christian bias?  One well-informed London viewer thinks so: I watched the The Bible’s Buried Secrets on BBC 2 last Tuesday evening.  It is a new series, presented by Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, which … Continue reading

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Doug Chaplin on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and the Garden of Eden

Doug Chaplin comments on the last of the ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’ presented by Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: As before she declines the opportunity to give much airtime to scholars who disagree with her.  Her preferred narrative is her scholarship versus the faith … Continue reading

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Quick, call Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: God has a wife & now the Holy Spirit has a husband!

The Holy Spirit as Wife of Adonai in Mandaeism by Dr. James McGrath I’ve been spending some time this evening working on the Mandaean Book of John.  In looking up a passage in the important but puzzling text known as Haran … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou & ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’: top scholar on ‘God’s wife’ Asherah

Evidence for Asherah by Judith M. Hadley Asherah has appeared paired with Yahweh in positive ways.  Furthermore, the early eighth century BCE prophets do not condemn Asherah worship.  The worship of Asherah was evidently acceptable before the Deuteronomistic reform movement gained momentum … Continue reading

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Why God having a wife isn’t a “buried secret” despite Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s claims

Published by Eerdmans in 2005. Hardcover: ISBN 978-0802828521 Softcover: ISBN 978-0802863942 On Google Books. More on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’: Profile of controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou Blog comment on controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou Tim Bulkeley answers … Continue reading

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Historian James Hannam on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘What is the buried secret?  It seems to me that Dr. Stavrakopoulou is an Old Testament Bart Ehrman trying to turn mainstream scholarship into something radical that is a serious problem for the Christian (and Jewish) faith.  It’s neither and … Continue reading

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Geoff Gummer responds to ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ and Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

The Bible’s Buried Secrets – Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou She seems to repeat quite often that she is a Biblical scholar, so obviously she thinks she needs to reinforce that fact. This is probably because she makes quite a few outlandish … Continue reading

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Church minister reacts to Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘What a strange programme this was!  Francesca Stavrakopoulou ‘exposed’ how the Bible ‘lies’ to us about monotheism, yet the evidence she drew was from the Bible itself!  Even more strangely, she implied that because the inhabitants of Israel before 600 … Continue reading

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David Jenkins on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, atheism and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

‘Atheism is itself a religion, one which is gradually gaining ground in the West.  Stavrakopoulou, like most atheists, exhibits tedious political correctness — even worse, though, is the BBC’s use of a member of one religion to ridicule the beliefs … Continue reading

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Is Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou trying to beat Dan Brown at his own game?

‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ is trying to beat Dan Brown at his own game, says Alexander Lucie-Smith: The entire Old Testament is the history of a struggle between strict monotheists and syncretists, those who wished to follow the Gods of … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, and why ‘God’s wife’ Asherah is anything but a ‘buried secret’

Bible’s Buried Secrets: ‘Did God Have a Wife?’, review I’m not sure I’d call Asherah a secret as such: in 2005, for example, William G. Dever published a book — titled, as it happens, Did God Have a Wife? — … Continue reading

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Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Yahweh and his ‘wife’ Asherah: archaeo-porn for the masses

This is the best response to the BBC program that I’ve come across.  Anyone interested in this subject should read it: Yahweh and Asherah: More Archaeo-porn for the Masses by Mike Heiser Several people have sent me this link on whether … Continue reading

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Atheist Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou believes in God’s wife & other ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’

Atheist believes in God’s wife OK, believes “in” might be a stretch, but an atheist scholar does believe that the Judeo-Christian God may have been married . . . That there were many gods (and goddesses) worshiped in ancient Israel is no surprise if … Continue reading

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Tom Sutcliffe on Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou, physical beauty and ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

With tongue firmly in cheek, Tom Sutcliffe of The Independent remarks: It would be improper to mention Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s looks.  Clearly whoever commissioned a three-part series on Biblical scholarship for BBC2 was entirely indifferent to the fact that it … Continue reading

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Did the BBC and Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou “Bash the Bible”?

Yes, according to the Catholic Truth Society’s blog Compass: The best part of all came when our guide looked squarely into the camera and said, “These are religious, not historical writings.” That apparently, was her greatest discovery.  Programmes such as … Continue reading

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Tim Bulkeley answers Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s question, “Did God have a wife?”

Old Testament scholar Tim Bulkeley responds to ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ question, “Did God have a wife?” The Bible’s Buried Secrets: Did God have a wife? I claim Yahweh definitely had a wife; indeed the evidence comes mainly from little-read parts … Continue reading

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Francesca Stavrakopoulou & ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’: old hat and nothing to do with religion

Francesca Stavrakopoulou’s King David was a straw man put together in order to be pulled down, says Christopher Howse: The Bible’s Buried Secrets: old hat and nothing to do with religion In a thousand years, the consensus among archaeologists will … Continue reading

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‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ with Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: will she find remnants of Goliath?

The BBC’s ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ with Francesca Stavrakopoulou: Will she find remnants of Goliath? The show clearly aims to disseminate recent findings about the Bible and religion in ancient Judea, most of which will be well-established and well-known to scholars in … Continue reading

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Blog comment on controversial ‘Bible’s Buried Secrets’ presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

God’s Wife on the BBC?  A tale of shocking ignorance Was God married? Francesca Stavrakopoulou on “Popular” Religion « Daniel O. McClellan Review: Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judah « Daniel O. McClellan Excitement in the Shephelah More: Profile of … Continue reading

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BBC hires atheist academic Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou to present ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’

BBC hires atheist to present Bible series New face of religion claims God had a wife and Eve was “unfairly maligned”. More: Profile of controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou ‘The Bible’s Buried Secrets’ with Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou: will she … Continue reading

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Profile of controversial BBC religion presenter Dr. Francesca Stavrakopoulou

Profile of the BBC’s new face of religion Although she was brought up “in no particular religion” by an English mother and Greek father, she became fascinated by theology as a schoolgirl. “I was about 11 when I discovered Jesus … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible’ by Eric H. Cline

‘From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible’ by Eric H. Cline Nowadays “Indiana Jones” and “Lara Croft” style fictional archaeology permeates our popular culture.  In the media, sensational “discoveries” of Noah’s Ark and the Ark of the … Continue reading

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