Decoding the Past

The History Channel Premiered Jul 25, 2005 In Season



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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
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      The study of Kabbalah has become a multimillion-dollar celebrity endorsed empire, however historians and religious scholars argue that the Kabbalah of Hollywood's elite is a pale imitation of the centuries-old mystical practice. The true Kabbalah is a great and complex philosophy rooted in thousands of years of history. Travel back in time to understand the true roots of Jewish mysticism. Followers believe that by studying Kabbalah, one has the potential to understand God, the soul, the structure of the universe, the afterlife, and even the meaning of human existence. We'll trace the roots of Kabbalah, learn what it means to master Kabbalah and finally, we'll attempt to explain the ancient, complex code that believers say demonstrates Kabbalah's long-hidden connection to the Bible.moreless
    • Countdown to Armageddon
      Part 1 of two. There is a look at the natural phenomena such as global warming, viruses and their potential to destroy civilization.
    • Countdown to Armageddon
      There is a look at natural phenomena such as global warming, viruses and their potential to destroy civilization.
    • Beyond 'The Da Vinci Code'
      There is an exploration of the ideas regarding the Holy Grail that are raised in Dan Brown's 2003 novel "The Da Vinci Code" examines the traditional views held by Christians and those expressed in the novel. What is included: the possibility that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and the theory that Mary Magdalene was the Holy Grail.moreless
    • The Shroud of Turin
      The examinings of the Shroud of Turin, the cloth that is thought by some to be the burial garment of Jesus Christ. Also that is included is the shroud's history.
    • Countdown to Armageddon
      There is a look at the natural phenomena such as global warming, viruses and their potential to destroy civilization.
    • The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon
      The Bible and the prophecy are discussed.
    • Bible Code II: Apocalypse and Beyond
      Examining the theory of claiming that the Bible contains a code that regards the past and future events. Also that is included is the comments from critics and a review of the Biblical prophecy.
    • Resurrection
      Episode 8
      The resurrection of Jesus is discussed here. The host is Elizabeth Vargas.
    • Secret Societies
      Secret Societies
      Episode 9
      A look at the secret societies that includes the Order of Skull and Bones, the Bilderbergs and the Tri-Lateral Commission.
    • Apocalypse
      Episode 10
      The Bible's Book of Revelation and its dark nightmarish vision of the end of the world. Included: a speculation on the identity of the book's author that is the history of Megiddo, the ancient Israeli city that is the site of Armageddon and also a look at similarities between Revelation and the prophecies of the Persian Zoroaster.moreless
    • Nazi Prophecies
      Nazi Prophecies
      Episode 11
      Prophecies throughout history that some believe had foretold the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Germany are explored. Also: the origins of Nazism.
    • Presidential Prophecies
      Supposed prophecies that are regarding U.S. presidents and the involvement of presidents in the paranormal this includes the consultation of psychics. Among those discussed are Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Ronald Reagan, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.
    • The Templar Code
      The Templar Code
      Episode 13
      Part 1 of a two-part history of the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian order that was charged with protecting Jerusalem following the Crusades. Includes undeciphered carvings on prison walls in France.
    • The Templar Code
      The Templar Code
      Episode 14
      The conclusion of a two-part history of the Knights Templar, a medieval Christian order that had charged with protecting Jerusalem following the Crusades. Narrator: Edward Herrmann.
    • Cults
      Episode 15
      The history of cults that include the Branch Davidians, Heaven's Gate and the ancient Greek cult of Dionysus.
    • The Other Nostradamus
      A profile of an American psychic Edgar Cayce (1877-1945), who had offered a medical diagnoses and various prognostications, often while in a trance.
    • Ancient Discoveries
      The examinings of ancient medical devices, procedures and the profiling of the Greek physician Galen, who practiced eye and brain surgery.
    • 12/8/05
      The mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle are explored by using underwater cameras, computer graphics and also the re-creations of disappearances.
    • Prophecies of Israel
      In this episode examining of prophecies that are found in the Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, that are also relevant to Jewish history. Included are comments from experts on the world's three major religions that is archival footage and dramatic reenactments.
    • The Search for Noah's Ark
      A chronicle of the efforts to search on Mount Ararat in Turkey for the ark that according to the Bible, was built by Noah to survive a flood. This includes interviews with scholars, historians and also scientists.
    • 12/19/05
      The examinings of mysteries that surround the Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus. This includes the current tests and theories. Also a theory that Leonardo da Vinci had created the shroud as a hoax.
    • Relics of the Passion
      In this episode their is the reviewing of the history of various relics that connect with the Passion of Jesus. Included in is the cross on which Jesus was crucified, the crown of thorns, the nails of the cross and the Titulus, a sign placed on the top of the cross. Also the Veil of Veronica, which was supposedly bears in the image of Jesus.moreless
    • The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon
      The examinings of the notion that the Bible can be used to predict future events. Included are the comments from supporters and critics.
    • Prophecies of Iraq
      Prophecies of Iraq
      Episode 24
      The examinings of theories suggesting that biblical prophecies thought to be about the fall of Babylon to the Persians may have been referring to modern-day Iraq. This includes the Gulf Wars and also the fall of Saddam Hussein.
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