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Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou on Religious History

Examining the roots of Judaism and Christianity

Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou is a senior lecturer in the Hebrew Bible and the presenter of Bible’s Buried Secrets. Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou examines how archaeological discoveries are changing the way people interpret stories from the Bible. Stavrakopoulou visits key archaeological excavations where ground-breaking finds are being unearthed, and examines evidence for and against the Biblical account of King David.

Was the God of Abraham unique? Were the ancient Israelites polytheists? And is it all possible that God had another half? Marshalling compelling evidence from archaeology, Islam and the Bible text itself, she identifies and visits the exact site of Eden.

Did God

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Used and Abused

His words twisted to suit agenda’s

To understand how Jesus was received in Judea, one must understand how life was for the population. From before his birth, Judea was occupied by Roman troops as was the entire Mediterranean coastal region which had an estimated total population of about 70 million people.

Judaism based on the teachings of Moses was well established, Rome, Greece and all the other states within the Roman empire had a variety Gods and forms of worship to which many still offered blood sacrifices. There were many spiritual teachers, some good,some not and in the local tradition, there was no such device as celibacy. In fact there is credible evidence that Jesus was actually married and may

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