Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 12

Bible Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 07, 2004 on The History Channel
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Bible Tech
Arguably the most influential book ever written, the Bible provides a glimpse into the origins of ancient technology and its use to withstand the elements, build great structures, wage war, and conserve precious water. We examine the technological plausibility of biblical structures and machines--including the Tower of Babylon, the Temple of Jerusalem, ancient bronze and iron forging, and shipbuilding skills that might have been employed to build Noah's Ark.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Biblical engineers carved the nearly 1,800-foot Hezekiah's tunnel with a slight downhill slope for water delivery. The height difference from end to end is only about 12 inches.

      • The Egyptian war chariot could reach 25 m.p.h. on flat terrain, close to the top speed of a Sherman tank.

      • Although Jesus predicted the destruction of the temple in the Gospel of Mark, many scholars believe that Mark was written after the temple was destroyed.

      • Another famous Babylonian ediface, The Hanging Gardens, was built by King Nebuchadnezzar II in the 6th century B.C. to appease his homesick wife.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It is a record of man's technological achievements in mud, stone and metal. Weaponry, the Tower of Babel, the Temple of Herod, the Ark of Noah, faith or fact. Now, Bible Tech, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Cast:

        David Maltsberger, Ph.D.
        Biblical Studies, Baptist Univ. Americas

        Steven Collins, Ph.D.
        Archaeologist, Trinity Southwest Univ.

        Leen Ritmeyer, Ph.D.
        Archaeological Architect

        Jose R. Sanchez
        Adobe Brick Manufacturer

        James F. Strange, Ph.D.
        Religious Studies, Univ. of S. Florida

        Joseph Saliba, Ph.D.
        Dean of Engineering, Univ. of Dayton

        Max Schwartz
        Consulting Civil & Mechanical Engineer

        Daniel Eylon, Ph.D.
        Archaeo-Metallurgist, Univ. of Dayton

        Robb Gunter

        John Currid, Ph.D.
        Biblical Studies, Reform Seminary

        Cheryl Ward, Ph.D.
        Maritime Archaeologist

        Ed Shearer
        President, Shearer & Associates

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Jim Hense
        Producer: Jim Hense
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Suzanne Gilreath
        Associate Producer: Mai-ly Nguyen
        Editor: Robert Lattanzio
        Editor: Pamela Malouf
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Lauren Levine
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Assistant Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Production Assistant: Jeffery Perkins
        Post Coordinator: Laura Steinhoff
        Post Assistant: Alexander Rubinow
        Camera: David Bradstreet
        Camera: Tom Lorch
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Kelley marchal
        Camera: Mark Moore
        Camera: John Paluzzi
        Field Audio: Curtis Britton
        Field Audio: Michael Heid
        Field Audio: Stephen A. Montet
        Online Editor: Tom Hok
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Glenn Takakjian PTC
        Historical Consultant: Dr. Robert Mullins

        Special Thanks:
        Albert Acosta
        Dr. Rami Aray
        Gus Van Beek
        Len Estrin
        Florida State University
        Gail Frandsen
        Liz Garcia
        Matt Johnson
        Antdinette Letavec
        Cheryl Lever
        Marty Martin
        Carole Roberts
        Dr. Michael Schulman
        Symposium on Archaelology and The Bible
        Johnny Walker

        Executive Prodcuer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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