On the heels of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's monumentally successful "The Bible" series, the History Channel is back with "Bible Secrets Revealed," aimed at shedding light on the sacred text.
The six-part "Bible Secrets Revealed" will likely spark debate, particularly among conservative Christians, as it grapples with many "mysteries and unanswered questions."
"Over the course of six episodes, scholars, archaeologists and religious leaders will treat viewers to stunning, on-location photography and compelling reenactments while revealing hidden facts and shocking information about this ancient text," the History Channel's description states.
"Bible Secrets Revealed," which premieres Wednesday, will explore who wrote the Bible, its age and its level of accuracy -- all subjects that have inspired fierce passions.
A promo video for the series promises the show will challenge "everything we think, everything we know and everything we believe about the Bible."
The Huffington Post reported that the series was taped over a six-month period, and includes numerous scholars who have insight and perspective on religion.
The outlet also said that the show is "bound to be controversial in the eyes of viewers who take a more literal and theologically conservative reading of (the Bible)."
One consulting producer is Dr. Robert Cargill, an agnostic who last summer wrote an op-ed challenging the perception that the Bible only supports marriage between one man and one woman.
Cargill and his co-authors said such a belief is rooted in a "lack of biblical literacy."
"A lot of biblical scholarship is controversial from simply making unsubstantiated claims or by saying things like 'we found the Arc of the Covenant and the nails of the cross,'" Cargill told the Huffington Post. "We wanted the scholarship itself to be controversial, based upon the facts of what we have found in our studies."
Author Reza Aslan, whose controversial "Zealot" book proclaimed that Jesus never considered himself God, is also involved in the project. The overall pool of experts includes those from Jewish, Islamic, Catholic, Protestant and secular backgrounds.
Previews suggest the series will take a controversial look at the Bible, including one expert who seemingly questions the virgin birth.
A representative from the History Channel told TheBlaze that some of the other experts involved are Dr. Dale Martin, professor of religious studies at Yale University, Dr. Candida Moss from University of Notre Dame and Jennifer Wright-Knust, associate professor of religion at Boston University, among others.
The premiere episode, "Lost in Translation" will look at the Dead Sea Scrolls, whether Moses wrote the Torah, Adam and Eve's creation, who actually killed Goliath and more, Huffington Post reported.
(H/T: Huffington Post)
Featured image credit via the History Channel