The Real Garden of Eden

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Episode 3 of 3

Duration: 1 hour

Can we find the Garden of Eden? Bible scholar Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou thinks so. In the final episode of her series re-examining conventional readings of the Bible, she argues that the Garden of Eden has nothing to do with the origins of humanity, but is rather a story concealing dramatic events about a particular figure in a particular place, two and half thousand years ago.

Marshalling compelling evidence from archaeology, Islam and the Bible text itself, she identifies and visits the exact site of Eden.

It's a revolutionary theory which challenges some of the most cherished preconceptions about Eden in both Christianity and western culture.

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  • BBC TV blog: The Bible's Buried Secrets

    BBC TV blog: The Bible's Buried Secrets

    Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou explains why she chose to study the Bible: "It's such a fantastic and diverse collection of texts that can tell us something about the beliefs, concerns and cultures of the people who wrote them."

    Read and comment on Francesca's post at the BBC TV blog

Credits

Presenter
Francesca Stavrakopoulou
Presenter
Francesca Stavrakopoulou
Director
Emily Davis
Director
Emily Davis
Producer
Emily Davis
Producer
Emily Davis
Executive Producer
Jean-Claude Bragard
Executive Producer
Jean-Claude Bragard

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