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Wofford professor takes part in National Geographic series

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Interviews with Dr. Byron R. McCane, Wofford College’s Albert C. Outler Professor and chairman of the department of religion, will be included in a new National Geographic Channel series, “The Science of the Bible,” which begins airing tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005) at 10 p.m. The program will air again on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 1 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18, at 5 p.m.

McCane’s interviews are expected to appear in episodes 8 and 10 of the weekly series, discussing the burial of Jesus and early Christians.

The National Geographic Channel’s Web site invites viewers to “join forensic detectives, scientists, historians and archaeologists on a quest to reveal the truth hidden behind some of the greatest stories ever told. The Bible has changed history, captured the curiosity of the world, and inspired the faith of millions. Its images and stories have been interpreted in arts ranging from paintings and musicals to novels and films. But what can modern science tell us about the real people, places and events portrayed in the Bible?”

McCane is considered one of the foremost experts on burial customs of early Christianity and is the author of “Roll Back the Stone: Death and Burial in the World of Jesus” (Trinity Press International, 2003). He has been used as a source for a variety of national programs, including one in 2003 on the History Channel.

He was interviewed by National Geographic Channel this summer while he was in Israel conducting an archeological dig, on which he was accompanied by three Wofford College students. National Geographic flew him to Turkey for the interviews. Filming for the series took place in Turkey and Rome.

McCane is a graduate of the University of Illinois, and received his master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his master of theology from Duke Divinity School. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University.