Since it was written in the first century AD, the Book of Revelation has been seen as one of the most controversial books in the entire Bible. Scholars still debate whether it is a literal depiction of what will come at the end time when humanity will face the last judgement. Or whether it is an allegorical text in which John is calling on the burgeoning Christian church to stand true to their faith in the face of oppression from the Roman Empire.
In this episode, Tom Holland, historian and award-winning author on the classical world, examines the significance of St Paul. After Jesus himself, Paul is the most important person in the story of the origins of Christianity. Of the 27 books of the New Testament, no fewer than 13 are attributed to Paul.
Gerry Adams, politician and supporter of the IRA throughout years of sectarian conflict and the subsequent peace process, investigates the life and death of Jesus Christ, against the backdrop of his own life and career.
A revealing exploration of one of the world's most influential books. In this episode, historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes meets the feisty women figures of the Bible. While it's fashionable to dismiss the Bible as a manifesto for misogyny, Hughes argues that the Bible is a window on the Bronze Age, a time when women had more power. She introduces a dazzling cast of female characters: warriors, adulterous wives, mothers and 'good' women - all daughters of Eve who speak volumes about their world, and our own.
In this episode, Conservative MP and Christian Ann Widdecombe goes in search of the law of Moses, tracing the historical origins of the Ten Commandments and their profound influence on British society for over two millennia.
War correspondent Rageh Omaar, who was brought up as a Muslim, examines Abraham, one of the most revered patriarchs of both the Jewish and Christian Bible and of the Muslim Holy Qur'an. According to all three faiths, he was the first man to worship one God - and one God alone - and all three religions claim him as an ancestor. He's often cited by world statesman as a unifying figure for all the three religions, yet today many of the 'children of Abraham' are locked in conflict.
A revealing exploration of one of the world's most influential books. Each episode is presented by a prominent commentator and thinker who explores the ideas and influence of seven books of the Scriptures, tracing how they came into existence and how they have shaped the world we live in today.
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