The Bible Rules

The Bible Rules

Everyone knows the Bible has Ten Commandments, but there are, in fact, more than 2000 additional rules and laws in its pages. These rules govern almost every sphere of human activity, from love and war to food and drink and from how to pray to what to wear. Yet they are also a portal to the ancient world, opening a window on civilizations that vanished thousands of years ago, whether Rome, Egypt or Mesopotamia. Each rule launches an investigation into a lost landscape of history, shining a light on the way peoples in distant times lived, loved, thought and fought. For instance, if a rule warns people that “he who curses his parents should be put to death”, the show will explore the historical reality lying behind that surprising command, delving into ancient parenthood and the role of curses in that time. We find weird rules, revealing rules, curiosity-inspiring rules—and these rules, which will help us understand history, are presented in informative, surprising and reaffirming ways. (Source: H2 TV)

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The use and abuse of alcoholic beverages goes back to deepest antiquity, and so it comes as no surprise the Bible has a lot to say on the subject. Yet wine and spirits played a very different role in the ancient world than they do today. They could be both medicine and miracle, sin and salvation. In this episode, the rules lead us to a bottomless sea of information on the importance of wine and the dangers of debauchery. If you think vampires are the only creatures to drink human blood, it's time for a voyage to the ancient world.


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Network: Viceland ( USA)
Type: Documentary
Genres: Educational, History, Religion
Status: TBD/On The Bubble
Airs: Sundays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: March 16, 2014
Episodes Order: 6
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