Saturday, 3 July 2010

The Biblical Director's Cut

Here's something I didn't know much about until recently - the Bible has a sort of "director's cut".

And these Biblical equivalent of DVD extras contain some cracking stories about beheadings, dragons and saucy sex scandals!

I'm currently making short films about them for the Bibledex video project at the University of Nottingham.

Now I'm not a religious expert (far from it), but I'll try to explain.

Essentially there are the 66 books in the standard Bible that most people probably have heard of (though a lot of them are pretty obscure too - how much do you know about the book of Haggai or 2 Thessalonians!?)

I've already made videos about each of these 66. You can watch them either on Bibledex or YouTube.

But then there's another collection of books called the deuterocanonical books (often just shortened to the apocrypha).

These are books that didn't make it into the so-called protestant "canon" so you won't find them in many Bibles (or you will find them in a special isolated section, between the Old and New Testaments).

But not everyone has ditched these books.... For example, the Catholic Church DOES include them in the "main" Bible.

They include books like 1 and 2 Maccabees, Judith and Tobit - plus some interestingly-named stories such as Bel and Dragon!

Now the issue of what makes the Bible is endlessly complicated and I'm not brave or knowledgeable enough to enter that vexed discussion.

However I've nearly finished a series of short videos about these extras and it seems they include some cracking stories, many of which I'd never heard of.

Here are a few of the videos I've done. See more at Bibledex (and scroll down to the apocrypha) or on YouTube - Bibledex.

PS: Watch out for the squirrel behind Pete in our Judith video!





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