Coming your way tonight: the new blood libel

Atheism dressed up as “theology”: the God haters are clamouring to applaud tonight’s ripping up of biblical truth in the form of the BBC’s new series presented by the atheist senior lecturer at the University of Exeter, Francesca Stavrakopoulou.

The first episode (Tuesday 15th from 9-10 on BBC2) is all about rubbishing David and his kingdom. Doubtless the same kind of sensationalised “archeology” and “new evidence” that we are used to seeing in such documentaries will support the conclusion she’s already reached, that the God of the bible only exists in the blinded eyes of those who worship him.

But who is this woman? One supporter praises her “excellent” work on “cultic child sacrifice to Yahweh” which sounds to me startlingly close to the age-old blood libel.  But maybe the world is ready for another heavy dose of anti-semitic lies to spark off the next round of pogroms? And as for the Christians, they are about to appear as foolish numbskulls who need pagans and atheists to correct their theological understanding.

Stavrakopoulou first appeared on television last year in Channel 4’s “The Bible: A History”, saying that Moses did not exist. (I remember trying to watch this series and recall how conceited she sounded.)

“The Bible’s Buried Secrets”, which begins tonight, is her first prime time series. Her published books include include “Baal and Asherah: Image, Sex, Power, and the Other” and “King Manasseh and Child Sacrifice: Biblical Distortions of Historical Realities”.

Her book “Blood ritual in the Hebrew Bible” again raises the spectre of the Blood Libel. Will it become the new “Protocols of Zion”?

She is “Secretary of the Society for Old Testament Study and a member of the European Association of Biblical Studies and the Society of Biblical Literature” so is clearly a voice of influence for those who need to denounce all that is holy and true.  In one short biography it is revealed it took her to the age of eleven to realise that Jesus was Jewish.  One wonders what would have happened if she’d actually paid attention at school like the rest of us.

Ms Stavrakopoulou’s big drum which she is bound to beat throughout this TV series is pluralism. That is, the God of the bible is about to be presented as simply one of a host of cultic gods worshipped in ancient Judea. Again, according to some “the fact that Yahweh once shared a bed with Mrs Yahweh (“Asherah”) is widely accepted by mainstream scholars as a part of orthodox religious belief”. Perhaps it is amongst the “religious” but not for those who know God. Let us pray the outcry will be loud and long against this destructive heresy!

Titus 1:15-16 – To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.

5 thoughts on “Coming your way tonight: the new blood libel

  1. Hi Tricia

    I am following Stavrakopoulou’s shows and work with interest and came across your blog as I am always hoping to find reasons to be sceptical about wild research claims. However she is an accredited scholar and her work is peer-reviewed. Secondly, everything she says makes buckets of sense. Your blog seems to set out to deride her in some way. Yet it is not clear from reading it what your problem with her is? I’d really like to know.

    Best wishes


  2. “Her book “Blood ritual in the Hebrew Bible” again raises the spectre of the Blood Libel.”

    Have you actually read the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible? Are you suggesting that there aren’t examples of human sacrifice, animal sacrifice, and quite a lot of violence in it?


    • Yes I’ve read all the bible, many times. Have you? God does not ask for, permit or approve of human sacrifice. In fact he called for judgement on anyone who did so, as it was a pagan practise!

      Jer 7:28-31 –
      “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the LORD their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth. Cut off your hair and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on the desolate heights; for the LORD has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.’ For the children of Judah have done evil in My sight,” says the LORD.”They have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to pollute it. And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart.

      This disgusting and horrifying practise was common amongst those who worshipped demons and idols (and still is today) but God calls it evil and an abomination.


      • Judg 11:29-39

        Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! You are among those who trouble me! For I have given my word to the LORD, and I cannot go back on it.

        You are making a basic exegetical error, in trying to argue normalcy from an individual accident. It’s obvious from the passage that God did NOT require a human sacrifice nor did Jephthah want to give one. Furthermore, his daughter freely agreed to give her life to fulfill her father’s binding vow.

        If I drove my car into the back of yours, would you say that driving instructors are to blame because they encourage people to keep having accidents? Your argument is as invalid as that.


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