Testament [3 Discs] [DVD]

The "testament" of the title is actually twofold; it refers to the Old and New Testaments of the Christian scriptures. Operating on the thesis that the Bible has influenced western civilization more than any other volume in history, excavator John Romer undertakes a thorough and exhaustive exploration of the historical roots of that book in light of recent archaeological findings. He travels to such pivotal cities as Jerusalem, Jericho and Nazareth, asking questions such as who wrote the Bible, how the story of creation itself originated, and what archaeology itself conveys about Biblical figures including Abraham, Moses and Jesus of Nazareth. This set contains all seven complete original episodes, with bonus features including a 20-page viewer's guide, a feature called "Bearers of the Word" that presents biographies of major figures in Biblical development, and a host of web extras.
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Special Features

  • 20-Page Viewer's Guide with Highlights, Questions To Consider, Avenues for Further Learning, Maps, Essays on the Gnostic Gospels and Bible Translations, and Production Notes by John Romer
  • Bearers of the Word: Biographies of Major Figures in the Development of the Bible
  • Exclusive Web Extras


Testament: The Bible and History - Thine Is the Kingdom
Egyptologist John Romer explores the cementing of Christian belief in Testament: The Bible and History -- Thine Is the Kingdom. With the coronation of Emperor Constantine, Christianity began its reign as the preferred religion for the Western world. Romer travels to Nicea, Bethlehem, and Hippo to show the progression of religion through the Empire. After touring the great church over the Holy Sepulcher and other architectural firsts, Romer seeks out the home of St. Jerome, who translated the Bible into Latin. Romer's research into the historic sights of the first age of Christianity show how Christendom became part of the social fabric through art, stories, and behavior. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi

Testament: The Bible and History - Mightier Than a Sword
Egyptologist John Romer analyzes the transition times in history in Testament: The Bible and History -- Mightier Than the Sword. Jesus was born into a tumultuous period, according to Romer, in which opposing factions of Judaism warred openly and everyone feared the Romans. He visits the ancient cities of Jerusalem, Ephesus, and Sardis looking for the remains of Jewish culture and traditions. Romer follows the Dead Sea Scrolls while he seeks a historical context for the final pages of the Old Testament. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi

Testament: The Bible and History - The Power and the Glory
Egyptologist John Romer explores the acceptance and beautification of the Bible at the end of the Roman Empire in Testament: The Bible and History -- The Power and the Glory. With the establishment of Christianity as dominant Western religion, the Bible became a massively important tool both in and out of church. For most, it was the only book from which to teach. This was enforced when art and architecture mirrored Gospel stories. Romer visits the Hagia Sophia, an enormous example of Christian glorification. He also journeys to the Chartres Cathedral to see some of the most splendid Bibles ever made. Historically, the documentary closes with the printing of the Gutenberg Bible. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi

Testament: The Bible and History - Paradise Lost
Egyptologist John Romer explores the relatively modern influence of Christianity's sacred text in Testament: The Bible and History -- Paradise Lost. Since Petrarch began his critical analysis in the mid-1300s, the Bible has been up for debate. Romer profiles the frantic efforts of Martin Luther to spread the Gospel and the subsequent endeavors to disprove its history. Science took over where belief left off and hunts began for evidence of God's existence. The Dead Sea Scrolls and the discovery of the Gnostic Library in an Egyptian monastery gave scientists something to chew on. Overall, Romer leaves an impression that the Bible remains an important part of living history while it serves as an accurate record of the past. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi

Testament: The Bible and History - Gospel Truth
Documentarian John Romer unearths the real story behind ancient Christian writings in Testament: The Bible and History -- Gospel Truth. Romer begins his reconstruction of the Bible in Egypt where the oldest piece of the New Testament was found. From there, he journeys to Jerusalem and then Ireland and France where segments of Gospel appeared as early as 125 A.D. While putting together a trail of belief, Romer also seeks evidence for the existence of Jesus. His findings detail a world where Roman prosecution mixed with growing Christian convictions. Irenaeus's final compilation of the Bible completes the historical picture. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi

Testament: The Bible and History - As it Was in the Beginning
Egyptologist John Romer gives a detailed and historic account of the Book of Genesis in the first part of his series Testament: The Bible and History -- As It Was in the Beginning. Journeying along Abraham's own path, Romer travels from Ur to Egypt. He visits ancient nomadic tribes to trace the lineage of Moses. While he compares Eastern ideas about God, he also questions the validity of the Old Testament tales of slavery and the flight of the Israelites. His final search leads him to the differing theories of regional cultures. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi

Testament: The Bible and History - Chronicles and Kings
Filmmaker John Romer seeks out the truth within an ancient document in Testament: The Bible and History -- Chronicles and Kings. The second part of a series devoted to exploring the real stories in the Bible, this one-hour program follows Romer through the Holy land. With visits to Megiddo, Philistia, and, the oldest city on Earth, Jericho, Romer rebuilds the Kingdom of Israel and the Jewish people's eventual exile to Babylon. He stops to unearth physical evidence of David and Goliath and to link a silver scroll to the beginnings of Judaism. Through his research, the followers of David are placed in a new historical context. ~ Sarah Ing, Rovi

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