BAR, what has happened?

Yesterday, I received the new issue of BAR in the mail. This issue is the first one since BAR had merged two other magazines into it. The first thing that popped out to me was a nice new lay out, but then I opened it up and started ripping out the little inserts. There was one that was a complete page advertisement for some books from The Discovery Channel Book Club. Normally I wouldn’t read these things, but there was something that caught my eye. The three books are as follows:

Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
Basically this book is about the beliefs that have been lost. It announces that people believed in a malevolent creator and some believed in a god for every day of the year. ‘Christians held a chaos of conflicting tenets’.

Lost Scriptures: Books That Did Not Make It Into the New Testament
“For the first 350 years of Christianity, it was a religion of numerous sacred texts and traditions, until the Church ruled on what was canonical and banished the rest. This eye-opening anthology of newly translated sacred writings- Gospels, Acts, Epistles, and Apocalypses- features the writings that didn’t make it into the New Testament, including the Gospels of Mary, Magdalene, and James, the brother of Jesus.”

Secrets of the Bible
This book basically just shares the truth behind some stories, like “What is the true story of Moses and the Red Sea?” and “What really destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah?”

So who knew that The Discovery Channel was the keeper of lost sacred writings? And for only 5.99 membership in the Book Club, these books can be yours, to burn. Hey, its cheaper than oil!


5 comments on “BAR, what has happened?

  1. Beth'sMomToo says:

    I haven’t noticed that they have ever had any particularity about who they accept advertising dollars from. My “favorite” was the one about the guy who discovered “the secret” of the special meteor stone that the Urim and Thummim were supposedly made from, and that YOU could directly contact God if you bought their replicas. I nearly choked to death on that one! I brought it in for a 5th/6th grade SS “discernment” lesson, since we were studying OT at the time. They did a great job pointing out that it was God, not the item, and referred to Israel having the same attitude towards the Ark and then loosing to the Philistines in battle. Switch to ABR’s “Bible and Spade”. The only trouble with that is it only comes out 4 times a year and doesn’t have the depth BAR does. You could write them a letter.

    Btw…doesn’t it just irk you that so many Americans’ knowledge of History is dependent upon the Discovery Channel? They have got to be the poorest historians in the world! And the depth of their material is pathetic. Get reading people!

  2. T-Bone says:

    did you see the interview with the Biblical Scholar who is also a feminist? I’ll write on that later. great stuff!

  3. J.R. Freiberg says:

    BAR’s always had dumb adds

    unfortunate result of the reality that Biblical archaeology does not have the market appeal that Rolling Stone or SI does

    maybe they should have a swimsuit edition. I know you want to see Hershel Shanks in a two piece

    word of the day: qwcqvqht

  4. Beth'sMomToo says:


  5. Doug Wilcox says:

    “Get reading people!”

    Amen. Of course, this message will only reach readers …

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