posted on Jan, 9 2006 @ 11:01 PM
Drew Levin: Catholic Bishops LOVE Walking The Bible
Drew Levin and TMC Entertainment hit home...
Three Splendid Hours
"Walking the Bible" -- a three-part series beginning Wednesday on PBS (check local listings) is the story of a 10,000-mile journey through the
settings in which the Bible's central narratives occurred. The show's host, Bruce Feiler (author of "Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through
the Five Books of Moses"), leads this trek, in the company of archeologist Avner Goren, and establishes the point of it all at the outset. Which is
that the Bible's stories did not come from writers in some nebulous otherworldly place -- they were set in specific locations, which his camera crews
have captured in extraordinary detail.
Their travels begin at the beginning, in Mesopotamia, with the site of the Garden of Eden, on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates. Eden, these
guides note, bore no resemblance to what we think of today as a garden. It was a place of rivers and waters, which is why the ancient storytellers
said so much about floods -- their stories, like many in the Bible, had to do with the life of rivers. The travelers next move on to the matter of
Noah's Ark -- relevant readings from the Bible are interspersed -- and to certain questions they ponder in beguiling detail, such as how Noah managed
to fit all the species inside the ark. On, thereafter, to the place of Abraham's and Isaac's trials, to that of Joseph and the Israelites in Egypt,
and, ultimately, that of Moses and the 40 years wandering through the desert.
Mr. Feiler is an engaging and informed guide throughout these explorations, some of whose most vivid scenes are set in Egypt, amid the pyramids and
the ruins of ancient cities. Three splendid hours.